Too little, too late. While I enjoyed the visual style (again) it did nothing to up the ante from the last effort, nearly a decade ago. There are some performances begging to be good, but weren't provided enough. Pastiche over substance can't be all Rodriguez ever does anymore, can it? The timeline frustratingly bounces all over the place. Points for boobs, brawn, Dawson, and Rourke.
Whether this sequel it's worse than the original (and let's face it guys, every second movie is one way or another worst than the first movie), I truly think that "A Dame to Kill For" is the biggest movie seen in 3D. This is high top 3D cinema (because we're talking about graphic style, black&white photography, chroma key wall) not any bullshitting "great gatsby" & other converted junk stuff.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Technically & visually surpasses the original. Between the 3D (the extra few bucks is worth it, trust me) & the technology advancing in the 9 years since the original it was inevitable. Unfortunately the 3 best stories in Miller's series went to the original movie so the story was a bit stale. The lack of Clive Owen (replaced by Brolin in a bad wig & worse makeup) & it all falls a bit short.
I will give this film three stars because the actual Dame to Kill For story in the film was on point with the electric Eva Green and the badass Josh Brolin trading blows. Other than that the rest of the film was kind of unnecessary. After waiting so long for this sequel I was left kind of disappointed.
Despite the incredible visuals it still managed to feel like they made up the story as they went. Every cliche in the book was used, cameos by Gaga and Lloyd were a waste of money and time, and it has the worst ending I've seen this year.
More of the same. The sceneries are more realistic than the first movie, which it's a big loss compared to the comics style of Sin City. The change of actors to play roles from both movies is weird (Josh Brolin playing Clive Owen?). The written-for-the-movie-story is a step ahead for Nancy, but the end was boring to watch. Lady Gaga was unexpected. Eva Green kills it all.
With both the good and bad bits of its noir attitude rooted in the 40's and 50's, Frank Miller's baby isn't exactly progressive -- but in a story Miller wrote specifically for the film, Jessica Alba (who has never impressed me as an actress) is given a role with all the flaws, anger and introspection of her male counterparts, and she devours it. It might've actually been my favorite story in the movie.