Sin City the sequel is a stylish display of sin, sex and violence - betrayal, sacrifice, death and life - life and death - two stories for the price of one. One with a happy ending, one without, and a third... that doesn't really end.
I don't remember much of the first Sin City movie, but I remember there was too much yellow. This time they've solved that problem. The blood's mostly white. Sometimes it's red. Sometimes other colors shine through, as a saturated reminder of the day of date - that even though this is noir it's not the 1930s any longer. The weapons might lend you another clue, even if the clothes, cars, even their actions are all in line with the black and white classies.
The narration's compelling, the plot grueling and dark, the actors are great, and only Mickey Rourke - the one connecting dot between all these different tales - looks like he actually has a mask on. Which he obviously does.
The light-shows, the high ceilings, the mist, the eyes... it's beautiful. The black and white, allow for a different kind of creativity than the movie would if it were in color. Yet I wish they'd kept certain things a bit more down-to-Earth, like the chases, the sword fight on the rooftops, etcetc. I like it all, but I'd like it better if it were somewhat normal, not brutalized beyond the point of realism, or stylized beyond the point of trying to make the scenes that are seen seem real. Don't get me wrong, I love the stylization overall, but when there's action I like it as sincere as possible. After effects are fine, intro effects are great, but in the flame of the moment you need to see the fire.
As for cast: Lady Gaga makes a brief benevolence, along with hard hitters Bruce Willis and Josh Brolin... and Mike. Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson hit pretty hard too. And Eva Green (goes with the eyes!), not to mention the very convincing villain Powers Boothe. And who's to forget Dennis Haysbert and Ray Liotta? When the names start dropping there's just no stopping! :O I like Joseph Gordon-Levittmore more for each movie I see him in too. That card play was pretty fancy.
If you didn't get it so far, this was a good watch. I wrote this movie review with that noir-like narration in my mind, if you've recently viewed it, I'm sure you'll be reading it the same way. ;)
rated 4/5: fo shizzle