When it came out, like, ten years ago, I really dug the first Sin City movie. Robert Rodriguez employed a hyper-stylized look in his film, which has since been aped many times (including by Frank Miller himself, in the utterly wretched The Spirit). And for some reason, the visual style doesn’t hold up too well in this new trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For… I don’t know if it’s the aesthetic in genera (it’s been a few years since I watched the first one), or if this sequel is employing some kind of squeakier clean CGI techniques and even more aggressively stilted dialogue.
It’s not like I’m not going to see this movie (I am), or that I don’t have an interest (I do). I’m okay with most of Frank Miller’s source material, and I LOVE Eva Green. I’d see the movie just for her… she has a tendency to play fiercely strong, dangerous yet unbelievably sexy characters, and that seems like the perfect fit for a neo-noir flick like this.
But my major concern about this movie– more than the hollow CGI sets or the awkward dialogue and delivery– is that it features new material written by Miller. Everything this guy has penned in the last decade has been utter garbage, little more than a soapbox for him to preach his weird, ugly political views to whatever comic readers would listen. He wrote some solid stories in the world of Sin City back in the day, but I’m afraid that adding lousy new material to the mix– now that by all accounts he’s lost his touch– will sully the overall dynamic of the world he created.
We’ll see soon, since Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.