In a word: Wow.
I can now see why Frank Miller finally allowed someone to make this into a movie. This was an awesome display of what Hollywood is capable of if they set their minds to it. It was truly one of the best movies I've seen in a while. It THIS kind of movie that gives comic book writers the mainstream respect they deserve when they come up with a great comic book. Hopefully the other studios will pay attention and grow up a little before they try to pump out another Son of the Mask out of their collective asses.
Honestly, if you were to rate all action movies based on four categories -- gratuitous sex, gratuitous violence, writing, and special effects -- Sin City raises the bar in all four categories. It is not for the weak of heart even though all the blood in the film is a bright white instead of red. The artistic feeling throughout the film is truly magnificent. It shows only what it need to show and shows color only when there needs to be color. The stories are grim and intertwined on a very minimal level. The heroes find victory on levels they can accept even though they can't always achieve a complete victory and the battles they fight blur the lines between sinner and saint moreso than any other movie has.
Highlights of the film include:
- Lots of beautiful naked women
- Lots of great violence from well developed characters
- A hilarious scene involving a human shish-ka-bob
- A nice conversation-with-a-dead-body scene directed by Quentin Tarantino
- One manual castration
- One serious psycho that would give Hannibal Lecter a run for his money
- One human pez dispenser
This is a movie worth seeing once or twice.