In this article I am going to discuss what I think is the best review of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The online opinion appears below. A Dame to Kill For...(B-Movie) stars Sheena Easton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Carradine, Nick Nolte, and Karen Black as Harley Quinn, the Joker's (Philip Seymour Hoffman) muse. This is a fun and entertaining film that certainly packs in plenty of action.
The above online video review has four stars out of five and states that it's "a fun B-Movie with some nice effects". You might consider those reviews a bit biased because it was written by a man who did the whole Home Alone series.
What do I think about the film? It is an interesting film, I mean after all, who wouldn't want to be part of the gang in Sin City, and be part of the dangerous world of the Joker? The plot is good enough for me, although it does need more mystery.
The plot is very similar to the first five films in the series, which, I suppose, gives you a fair idea of what you're getting into. The basic plotline involves Harley Quinn, who are sent to jail for killing the Joker, and the beautiful hard-partying vengeance killing stripper of her cell mate. She falls into a vat of rat poison after being murdered, but comes out unscathed and soon joins the Joker's circus.
Throughout the series, she gets into all sorts of trouble and gets herself into numerous altercations with criminals and the police, which are very reminiscent of her appearances in the first two films. The overall theme of the whole series is that there is no such thing as good guys and bad guys; everyone in Sin City is either a stalker murderer, or villainous stalker, murderer, or villainous stalker. No matter what the group's intentions may be, it seems that they always wind up a little too involved in the shenanigans and end up killing someone in the process.
The cast in the first five films of the series had ranged from excellent to decent to mediocre, but in the Sin City film series they all seem to be right up there with the best of them. There is no denying that each actor was given a top-notch role to play and that each actor performed to the best of their ability. However, the level of chemistry between the actors doesn't seem to be nearly as tight as in the first few films.
I think the main problem with the first five films is that they don't have the interesting villains of the Sin City movies, such as Crazy Horse and the Collector, who are far scarier than they appear. The Joker and Harley Quinn in the first five films are the most frightening antagonists I've ever seen in any movie. From the first time I saw them, I thought, "Holy crap! They're going to turn this into a horror movie!"
This could explain why the series has declined in recent years, as it appears that the writers no longer have the same eye for detail and the ability to create real tension and atmosphere that they once did. The sequel is definitely a step in the right direction and as far as a B-Movie goes, I would have to give it an A+. But, I still wouldn't consider it a true sequel, and therefore not a true Sin City movie. The Dark Knight was a better film, and has a higher rating, which was much needed by the franchise at this point.