It's time to prove to your friends that you're worth a damn. Sometimes that means dying. Sometimes that means killing a whole lot of people.
The film, as most of you know, is based off of Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same title. Unfortunately, I have not read his series of novels. Now, I've read bits and pieces, and looked inside of them, and what the film does is basically take a panel from the novel, and bring it to life. It is really quite amazing. In fact, Robert Rodriguez originally had the idea, so he made the opening scene, involving Josh Hartnett and Marley Shelton and sent it to Frank Miller, who of course loved it, and joined in on the project, directing it with Rodriguez.
The film is broken up into several sections. It opens with the Josh Hartnett scene I mentioned, and ends with another scene involving Josh Hartnett. There are 3 plots in between, all of which occur very close together on a timeline, and all located in "Sin City." Characters from upcoming, or previous segments are seen as very small roles, or in the background of the playing segment, exploring the different characters who reside in Sin City.
As I mentioned, the dialogue, and visuals are simply brilliant. There has never been a more visually wonderful film made. It is mostly black and white, but with some color thrown in there, like a dress being red, or lip stick being red. But that is pretty much common knowledge, what may not be known to someone who has not seen the film, is how the dialogue is pretty much what makes the film as amazing as it is. It is so well written, and this combined with the cinematography, I always get the chills, or shivers during certain scenes. They're just constructed so masterfully, it pretty much puts every other film out there to shame.
Overall, this has to be in my top 5 favorite films out there. I have not even read the graphic novel series, but I feel like I just get the film, and what it has accomplished, almost as much as if I had read the novels. I highly recommend you view this movie, preferably multiple times to get the full effect.
R.I.P. Brittany Murphy (1977-2009)
R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012)