SIN CITY. Will somebody please tell me what I thought of it? Did I like it? Is Frank Miller a genius? Was it really The Must-See Movie of the Year? Or is it just a steaming pile of cheese crap?
It was stunning, yes. And I was never bored. But I’m conflicted.
ON THE UP SIDE: Mickey Rourke is astonishing. A revelation. His utterly original portrayal of an utterly original character is one for the ages, and the best reason to go. Elijah Wood is TRULY DISTURBING. I know that’s hard to believe, but he’s really, really scary. I mean, what the hell was he? EESH. I didn’t know my little guy had it in him. And Clive Owen! OMG! Totally sexy as fuck. I finally get why he’s a star.
ON THE DOWN SIDE: We’re all reminded, yet again, that Brittany Murphy can’t act, that Rosario Dawson is utterly without star quality, that Josh Hartnett is ALWAYS a beady-eyed mistake, and little Rory Gilmore is certainly no whore. ALSO: Bruce Willis seems creaky and miscast, and his segment is plodding and unbelievable. Unbelievable even in the context of this movie.
ON A SIDE NOTE: I may be the gayest man on the planet [Ed note: May be?] but even I want to fuck Jessica Alba now. Or maybe I just want to be her. I don’t know. She makes me very confused.
So will some fan of either the graphic novel or the movie tell me what to think of it all? Is it really a panel-for-panel reproduction of the comic? Is the dialogue verbatim? And will somebody explain the Josh Hartnett thing? It felt tacked on. Is there more to it in the series? Does he just kill girls and call them Becki?
While I was watching, I was completely irritated, but in the days that followed, I can’t stop thinking about it.
– James St. James