It isn't often that you walk out of a movie speechless.
I just returned from seeing the movie "Sin City". For those of you who don't know, this movie is based on a comic book by the same name. This has to be the most violent and unusual comic book movie I've ever seen. It makes other violet comic book based movies such as 'The Crow', and 'Road to Perdition' seem tame in comparison. I'm still digesting this thing. I'm not sure what to think. On the one hand, it has some amazing visuals. I have never seen a movie that literally looks like a live action comic book. This movie looks identical to the Sin City comic book on which it is based - right down to the fact that the entire movie is black and white with only rare bits of color added in. It is truly a sight to behold. On the other hand, the dialog seems very cheesy. I suppose you could chalk this fact up to the fact that it is such a faithful comic book adaption. It looks like a comic book and it sounds like a comic book.
I was hesitent to see this movie at first based on the fact that it was in black and white. I figured that a black and white movie would never work in today's day of flashy color movies. Surprisingly, the black and white works. It really emphasizes the small flashes of color in the movie. It reminds me of other movies that made interesting use of black and white versus color - movies such as 'Pleasantville' and 'Shindler's List'. It certainly is different. So many of the movies that come out of Hollywood these days dissapoint me. They are all the same and generally the stories suck. This one, if nothing else, is worth seeing simply because it goes completely against the typical Hollywood 'cookie-cutter' style movies.
As for the acting, Bruce Willis does his usual excellent job playing the gritty 'everyman' cop. And to think, this guy started out doing comedy on TV. Micky Rourke does a pretty good job of playing his tough guy character. This character seemed perfect for him. It's the same kind of gritty character he always plays in movies. The opening seen with Josh Hartlett was terrible though. The acting was atrocious. I considered walking out after seeing the first scene. Luckily I didn't, because the patience of getting past that opening scene is worth it. Jessica Alba is gorgeous - enough said. I can't wait to see her in 'Fantastic Four' this summer!
Go see this movie. You may like it, you may not, but it's a sight to behold.