In one word – Slick.
The storyline wasn’t unexpected – the movie was going to be full of crime. I’ve never heard of Frank Miller, but with Robert Rodriguez co-directing Sin City, I’d expected plenty of one liners, magazines of bullets and truckloads of action.
I love it when a movie has stories that run parallel to each other, and everything falls into place in the end. Much like Pulp fiction. You can read plot summaries here.
The dialogues are witty, often tongue in cheek.There’s hardly a moment in the movie where you get time to catch your breath. You’re involved, every second. Which is why its a movie that I would recommend you either watch alone, or without me – I have this (often irritating) habit of making ludicrous predictions of what is about to happen. Not always, though. Anyhoo, I was involved with the movie, completely oblivious to the surroundings.
What I loved about the movie was the picturisation – I loved the fact that it was in black and white, and occasionally they raised the contrast to give it that graphic novel sort of feel. Like white rain that looks like acid. There was colour, but used to great effect.
Given the language, the violence and the occasional nudity, it’s unlikely to hit Indian theatres. Nonetheless – it’s a must watch.
I watched the movie a week ago. I think I’ll watch it again, and add to this review. Shwe – Which scene was directed by Tarantino?
Another thing I forgot to mention – Elijah Wood’s role is forgettable. He looks out of place – like a ‘pretty boy’ in a jail cell. He just wasn’t as extreme a figure (contrast with Micky Rourke as Marv) to make an impression. Alternatively, he did stand out. His goggles were bright white, which stood out and looked cool.
Bruce Willis looked as if he’d walked out of Last Man Standing’s sets and into this one. Same sore-throated drone, same cynical attitude. Just older and a different attire.
Micky Rourke as Marv (how did they manage to make him look like this?) was the stand out character – much like Hulk on rampage, although with a little more tact.
Clive Owen was excellent as Dwight, a sort of knight in detective garb role. Street smart, risk taking and lucky as hell.
Shades of a James Hadlee Chase novel, this movie. I’d give it 10/10 for entertainment. For once, I didn’t nitpick, so you can imagine how much I liked it, eh? More later… 😀