Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are back to co-direct another adaptation of Miller’s noir comic, but all it does is show up how incredibly repetitive the source material is, despite the best efforts of some good actors. The great superhero movie rewatch revisits Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
The best story in the bunch is the last one, as it’s Nancy who actually is the protagonist. Jessica Alba does a good job with Nancy’s pain and frustration, and her combination of love and anger for the late Hartigan. (And it’s amusing to see Bruce Willis play another ghost fifteen years after The Sixth Sense.) It’s a rare case of Miller letting a woman have the lead bad-ass role, and she’s the one who gets to kill Roark.
Powers Boothe had the best scene in Sin City, beautifully delivering the senator’s colloquy on power, so it’s not surprising that the sequel decided to make better use of him. The two original tales both have Roark as the antagonist, and Boothe is more than up to the task.