This is a tough one. Sin City (2005) Review

Whether you’ll enjoy Sin City or not depends on your preferences.

Adapted from the graphic novel series Sin City is an anthology film, depicting four different neo-noir tales taking place in the same, crime-ridden city.

John Hartigan is a cop hunting a child-killer, Marv is a vigilante fighting his way through the criminal underworld to avenge his only love and Dwight is trying to protect his girlfriend from Jack, her ex-pimp.

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The struggle was real.

I think most people are aware of the film’s distinctive visual style, its been praised for pioneering the look and feel of the comic book films that followed.

I’ll agree that the style is unique but for me it was very hit and miss.

Sometimes the style really works. The scene where Marv makes love to Goldie, the prostitute he falls in love with, is a good example.

While everything else is black and white, Goldie’s hair is yellow and the heart-shaped bed they sleep on is pure red. For me this illustrated the passion of the scene beautifully.

Other times the style was distracting. There’re many scenes where it looks painfully obvious it was shot in front of a green screen.

Overall Sin City’s style was certainly pioneering at the time and it deserves to be admired for that.

Now when looking at the film’s content and narrative the question of preference arises.

The characters are basically exaggerations of noir archetypes and they don’t undergo any dramatic changes.

If you don’t mind straightforward characters then you’ll enjoy Sin City, but if you’re like me and prefer stories with relatively layered characters then you may not find it as enjoyable.

I found the characters very un-empathetic and a bit boring which made it very difficult to follow the stories

In conclusion if you love stylistic films and extreme violence then you’ll love Sin City, but if you’re looking for something emotionally and narratively complex, I’d skip this one.

I give Sin City a decent 5 out of 10.

UPDATE: I’m on Movie Pilot! For those of you who don’t know Movie Pilot is a huge film site where people write about their favorite films and franchises. Its a bit like What Culture or Empire.

This is my first article which I posted a few weeks ago, its about what Dune (the David Lynch film) got right and why it should be more appreciated. The film is one of my all time favorites by the way!

So expect some extra content on there. Thanks! LD

I FINALLY SAW IT!!! Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review

Captain America: Civil War has plots that’re great on their own but when put together make for a slightly cluttered film.

Unlike Batman V Superman however some of the plots are very well developed.

The United Nations confronts the Avengers, accounting them for all the damage caused by their battles. The team must either agree to their new status quo or retire. Iron Man agrees, Captain America does not.

This eventually leads to the team splitting into two fractions and going to war.

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Its so good to be back in touch with the film culture.

For me one of the best plots in the film is the conflict between Iron Man and Captain America.

It’s a bit bland at first; it starts out with them simply debating the ethics of their actions, a thing we’ve seen in many superhero films and comics.

However, as the UN applies more pressure and the team investigates some mysterious terrorist attacks, their conflict becomes more intense and personal.

This makes the fight scenes emotionally engaging as well as entertaining.

Another good plot is Captain America’s struggle to protect James Barnes (The Winter Soldier).

Throughout the film everyone thinks Barnes is responsible for the attacks and want him dead. Captain America however is more rational and tries to get the truth out of Barnes, treating him with respect.

This makes Captain America quite sympathetic, you understand his frustration when he tries to show Barnes is innocent and everyone disputes it.

If Civil War featured just these two plots it would’ve been a much clearer story.

Its not as messy as Age of Ultron but all the other subplots including Black Panther’s revenge story and Spider-Man’s appearance, makes the film very difficult to follow.

In conclusion Civil War is worth seeing for Iron Man and Captain America’s stories because they are very eventful and do change the course of the MCU, its just that there’s a lot of less interesting stuff you’ll have to sit through.

I give Captain America: Civil War a decent 7 out of 10.

UPDATE: Just uploaded Mupple Film #3, a little project I’ve been working on for quite a while now.

You can see it right here. Make sure you check out the first two! Thanks.

 

WHY…. Antichrist (2009) Review

With it’s underdeveloped characters and poorly-conveyed theme Antichrist is a confusing and unpleasant experience.

After losing their son a psychiatrist takes his distraught wife to a cabin in the woods to treat her grief. As her condition worsens she becomes sexually violent to her husband and herself.

Despite the convincing performances by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the characters are very shallow.

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It looks as difficult as it is.

When we meet the couple the wife is very distraught while the husband is mostly calm as he tries to comfort her.

This is what they’re like for most of the film which makes then very difficult to empathize with.

We don’t see what life was like for them before their son died, we don’t see them happy. They don’t feel like people.

Many agree that Antichrist is about the satanic behaviour of nature, both in humanity and the natural world.

The graphic sequences in the film is apparently supposed to symbolize the evil in nature and humanity.

This theme doesn’t really emerge until half an hour into the film.

At that point the main focus is on the psychiatrist helping the wife grieve. You’d think the film was about grief. When the couple move into the woods and start talking about Satan and nature it feels like a different film.

On top of that as the film progresses the wife’s grief gets less and less attention, to the point where its never mentioned again.

I’ll admit that some of the graphic violence does work symbolically.

For example, one scene shows a baby bird getting eaten by it’s mother which is a pretty good presentation of nature’s brutality.

However, these sequences occur at random points and don’t really affect the plot or characters.

Expanding on this point entails spoilers, so for those who want to avoid I’ll write my conclusion now and you can stop reading from there.

Antichrist is certainly atmospheric and disturbing but the shallow characters and confusing thematic expression make the film very unengaging.

I give Antichrist a weak 3 out of 10.

 

Right, spoiler talk.

The best and most infamous example of the pointless violence is where the wife mutilates her genitals with a pair of scissors.

I think this is supposed to show the wife’s repulsion of humanity and women, which is a pretty extreme metaphor.

Then again, after she mutilates herself she fights her husband and is eventually strangled to death. The mutilation didn’t really change anything. She was still insane and she still wanted to attack her husband.

It could’ve occurred at any point in the third act, in the end it didn’t seem to have a major effect.