Film Reviews, Short Review

Sin City (2005)

2.5/4

The reputation of Sin City has taken a bit of a beating in recent years, with the much-criticised sequel (which I personally didn’t think was all that bad) and the overall improvement in digital filmmaking giving the original, decade-old film a dated feel. But perhaps that’s exactly what it needs; after all, the film’s strategy of taking every single noir cliché in the book and pumping it full of steroids gives it an even more retrograde feel now that it isn’t as fresh. The material is ultimately somewhat juvenile (and let’s face it, Robert Rodriguez, talented filmmaker though he is, is nothing if not juvenile), but Sin City survives through the oodles of style injected into its DNA, a style that looks more endearingly anachronistic as time goes by.

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