Monday, September 22, 2014

Movies: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

(Drivebycuriosity) - Do you like movies and art? The movie "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For", which is now running in US cinema theaters, is a nice combination of both (imdb).  Like the precursor ("Sin City", 2005) the film is based on graphic novels (and short stories) by Frank Miller, a famous cartoon artist. Again director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller transformed the artworks into a movie that looks like a comic book which is brought to live.

The film`s 3-D version is a surreal trip through a sinister but sexy dream world (this is a spoiler free blog. You can find a synopsis here ). "Sin City" reminded me a bit of an exhibition of surreal paintings I have seen in Berlin last June (driveby). Like the paintings by Max Ernst, Alfred Kubin and other surrealists, Sin City transforms sex and violence into a bizarre optical language. The movie was kept mostly in black with sudden outbreaks of color. With the help of computer animations and 3-D-effects the actions and the violence transformed often into funny slapstick.

"Sin City" has a impressive long line of top actors. Eva Green, who appeared in many scenes totally nude, but slightly altered like a painting, was the greatest asset. The former Bond Girl was even more bitchy and seductive then in "Casino Royale" and "The Dreamers". Watching Jessica Alba dancing in the club was ask breathtaking. And there were more eye cookies including Jaime King, Rosario Dawson & Juno Temple. And Lady Gaga had an interesting cameo.

The girls were accompanied by a squad of fine male actors including Mickey Rourke, again incognizable, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,   Bruce Willis and Ray Liotta.

If you want to blend cinematic pleasure with a sip of surrealistic art - "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" might be the right movie for you.

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