April 2nd, 2005


Sin City

Went to dinner tonight with dormando and irnbruise and elliea and tritia and karmakazesal and djstorm at Plantain, on 38th Street. (Ironically, it was nemesisbecoming who suggested it, and then she missed dinner. D'oh!) Good food, good company. If the place was just a little cheaper it'd be great.

After dinner, nemesisbecoming finally caught up with us and we all saw Sin City.

I'm not going to post any spoilers (although I don't know if there's anything to spoil, per se, as the movie's not about trick endings or hidden plots or anything), but I will say this: it starts off slow, and a bit rough. Give it time. I don't honestly know why the first two scenes are so poorly done, compared to the rest of the movie, but they are. And after they're gone, you can just sit back and relax and enjoy it and it's great.

A few minor gripes:
- the scenery and even some of the props (for instance, the cars) were done digitally - but it looks a little too digital sometimes.
- Devon Aoki is totally wrong for Miho, IMHO. Totally wrong.
- Clive Owens is wrong for Dwight, IMHO, although arguably not as wrong as Miho. While he's a good actor and manages to basically pull the character off, his accent was just too distracting and he just didn't seem quite "down and dirty" enough.
- The movie was a little too stylized on occasion.

The good stuff:
- Some of the acting/casting was just inspired. Mickey Rourke was awesome as Marv. Rosario Dawson really surprised me as Gail. And Nick Stahl pulled off Junior wonderfully. I've always been a fan of Rutger Hauer, so it was good to see him again. And Bruce Willis did a pretty decent job with Hartigan. Oh, and Benicio Del Toro! Another excellent job.
- For most of the movie, the visuals and design were wonderful - not only were they almost always spot-on for the comic, but they were often just plain good.
- The movie was surprisingly close to the comics, and yet wasn't afraid to make some subtle changes from time to time, most of which actually improved the stories and scenes. I've never seen a screen adaptation of a comic that captured not only its flavor but its look so closely, and to such great effect. (Although if I had to pick a #2, it'd be Hellboy - which I thought was a great adaptation, even if it did veer further away from its source than the Sin City movie.)
- Frank Miller's guest cameo as the priest was actually pretty good.
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I just got a call from a credit card company trying to get me to sign up for their card. The deal actually sounded pretty good, and if I hadn't been so pissed at them for calling at 9:30 am on Saturday morning I might've considered it. The woman sounded really dejected when I cut her off multiple times to say I wasn't interested, but whatever, if you want to make a sale try picking a time when I WON'T WANT TO KILL YOU.