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Monday, April 11, 2005
Sin City
I took in a matinee showing of Sin City yesterday afternoon.

Interesting movie. Visually, the movie is spectacular in the same way that Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was spectacular. Watching both movies it's easy to become immersed in the world the filmmakers are creating on-screen. I will say this--Sin City had a better narrative to it than Sky Captain did. Sky Captain seemed to fall too in love with the technology that was used to create the visual experience and lost the key element of great filmmaking--good stories. Sin City had an interesting story...actually, it's three narratives, all of which have elements that intertwine with each other in the closing moments of the film.

The movie unfolds in a film-noir style, even down to most of it being in black and white. There are some colors used in the film--notably red. It's interesting to see visually how the colors are used in the context of what's happening in the storyline. I'd love to go back and watch it again, just to analyze where and when color is used and why. The story is told a lot through voice overs and that staccato, film-noir dialogue. It's one of those movies where if you don't pay enough attention, a seemingly little detail will pass you by and leave you scratching your head ten minutes later. The film also dovetails well, which I found intriguing and well done.

Now, I do admit I had a hard time seeing Alexis Bledel as the character she plays here. But that's more because I'm so used to her as Rory in Gilmore Girls and her character here is...well, let's just say it's not sweet Rory Gilmore. Also, I admit I figured out who Jessica Alba's character would turn out to be and how that would impact the storyline about ten minutes before it's revealed. Which in the grand scheme of things ain't really that bad. Again, it's interesting to see how the characters and storylines are all interconnected. Things don't unfold in linearly, so it does require you to put some pieces together yourself. This could be one of those movies that holds up well to repeat viewings and actually gets better the more you see it.

Is it for everyone? I don't think so. It's definitely rated R for a reason. And it's not got the most flattering view of women. Not that the men seen here are exactly what I'd call role models either. This is definitely one of those good "guy movies."

Will I buy it when it comes out on DVD? Maybe.

One cool thing not related to Sin City. Got to see the previews for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Star Wars: Episode III on the big screen. All I can say is--if these two movies live up to the hype, the summer movie season will be off to a great start.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/11/2005 03:11:00 PM | |
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