Comic book movies are more popular now than they have ever been. Thanks to the wonderfully crafted Marvel Cinematic Universe, they are all anyone can talk about. Example: Have you shut up about Guardians of the Galaxy yet? Of course you haven’t. Why would you? It was the best thing ever. But there are some comic books which, aren’t exactly underappreciated, but don’t get discussed to the same length despite being just as good or even better than most of what comes out today.
The film is comprised of four interlocking stories: “The Customer is Always Right” starring Josh Hartnett as the mysterious salesman, “That Yellow Bastard”, in which cop John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) saves a young girl from being raped but is framed for the crime, and forms a bond with the girl (Jessica Alba) through letters in prison, “The Hard Goodbye”, where Mickey Rourke dominates the film as Marv, who awakens to find the prostitute he had been sleeping with murdered and vows to find her killer, and “The Big Fat Kill”, in which Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson and a lot of prostitutes have a serious problem with Benicio Del Toro.
But the highlight of the entire film is Mickey Rourke as Marv. Honestly, one of the best performances in a comic book movie of all time, right up there with Heath Ledger’s Joker. Marv is a total badass, but still a sympathetic character, and from the first few minutes of his story (In which he is framed for Goldie’s murder and takes out the cops) you’re immediately in love with him. Rourke is perfect in the role, and once his story ends, it takes a little while to enjoy it without him in. Plus, he had to go up against Kevin (Eljah Wood), the film’s creepiest villain and a comic book movie villain that doesn’t get talked about enough.
It may not be like the comic book films you’re used to, but Sin City really deserves your time if you haven’t seen it. It’s not just one of the best comic book films ever made, but one of the best films to come out in the last 10 years.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is in cinemas now.