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Movie Review: Sin City

Alternate Title: Sin is in the Eye of the Beholder

Story: Cut to the chase (and there were many chases) I loved this film. It was bold, fun, visually intoxicating and just plain great entertainment. Director Robert Rodriguez resigned his membership from the Director's Guild over their refusal to give graphic novelist (that's a comic book to people over a certain age) Frank Miller a co-director's credit. Miller's book and stylish contribution to the aesthetic of this film is undeniable. While the Hollywood types bicker over this stuff we get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Three stories about sin and sinners are interwoven and depicted in a noirish world filled with people you would most likely not like to have over to dinner. They include murderers, thugs, crooked politicians, bad priests, hookers, lowlife cops and an ensemble gallery of rogues and ne'er-do-wells to say the least.

In Sin City, it is always night and is brilliantly filmed in black and white with an occasional flash of inspired color used as emphasis or highlights. There is lots more style than substance - but oh, the style.The film jumps out at you like a story board complete with shadows, high contrast, terrific use of negative space and over the top perfect exaggeration.

If you are looking for something different and very entertaining get yourself to see Sin City soon.

Acting: Kudos all around. In no particular order the following actors were great. Mickey Rourke (unrecognizable) is perfect as the revenge seeking, Marv. Clive Owen as Dwight, the protector of the love of his life, who is a hooker always hits his mark. Most of you know how I feel about Bruce Willis (see Soapbox category below)) and his role in this film is the weakest but the film is so good, I didn't care. Benicio Del Toro is also totally unrecognizable and terrific as Rafferty, one of the rogue cops. And a high five to all of the beautiful babes including Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba.

Predilection: None. I actually did not think I would like this film. Go figure?

Critters: Thankfully, none.

Food: No time to eat in Sin City - too much sinning going on.

Blatant Product Placement: Cadillac, Porsche and some other cars (I am not good at recognizing cars, forgive me).

Soundtrack: Great

Opening Titles: Graphically perfect and really sets the scene up well.

Visual Art: Brilliant

Theater Audience: A bunch of very satisfied customers.

Sappy Factor: Ha!

Quirky Meter: 4

Squirm Scale: Some of the violence is squirmy.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Soap Box: Bruce Willis was awarded one of France's highest cultural this past week. He is now an officer in the Order of Arts and Letters. Upon awarding Willis the medal it was said that he symbolized the power of U.S. cinema and the mythical proportions of its characters. Aurgh! (Put this into the you've got to be kidding file). Nit Picking: No nits to pick on this one.

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen is a must.

Length: Atad over two hours (with credits).