Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Yesterday saw the release of the first full-length trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s sequel to 2005’s Sin City. So what can we expect from this second installment? Well we’re joining the storylines of Marv, Nancy, Hartigan, Goldie and Miho among other familiar faces in plots which intersect, pre-empt and carry on the existing stories told in the first film. Miller, again co-writing and co-directing with Rodriguez, has put a great emphasis on the progression of the aesthetic style in this film, with it obviously more closely resembling his stark monochromatic style as seen in the comics. Rodriguez stated to Empire Magazine that: “I really held back the first time, because I didn’t know whether audiences would go for it. So it ended up looking like a real movie, but in black and white, with a few flourishes. This one is going to push way further towards the books. It’s going to shock and surprise people.”
Aesthetics aside, the fresh faces and interesting plot construction with regards to linearity with the first film makes this look like a promising sequel. I’m a firm believer in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ability to recognize a good script and generally pick strong roles (Yes I’m choosing to forget about G.I Joe) and so I take him being in anything as a positive sign. Additional newcomers include Casino Royale minx Eva Green, crime aficionado Ray Liotta and even a cameo by none other than Lady Gaga. While skeptical about the film’s quality already, given the quality of work churned out by both Rodriguez and Miller – who Sandy Schaefer rightly noted in this article has “long descended into self-parody.” with such atrocities as Spirit – the trailer seems to show a fun, action-packed and star-fuelled sequel which, if a little over-indulgent, will be interesting to watch.