More tales of ‘Sin City’ in ‘A Dame to Kill For’

August 22, 2014 8:01 AM

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More tales of ‘Sin City’ in ‘A Dame to Kill For’

Some look at “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” and at the work that comics auteur Frank Miller has done in adapting his noir-inspired stories for the screen, and they ask, What’s the point? When Miller and directing partner Robert Rodriguez have talked so effusively about wanting to capture the comics’ stylized depravity, panel for black-and-white panel, don’t we automatically know everything we’re getting? Well, with 2005’s initial “Sin City” installment, sometimes we got more. Grotesque wild man Marv made for terrifically unhinged reading, but seeing Mickey Rourke inhabit the character made his pulp pathos more tangible.

On the flip side, one of the first movie’s principal sinners, a genetically altered pedophile, felt like an awfully bad idea. Reading the repellent character allowed for a certain detachment that watching him did not. You could argue that the only thing that’s automatic about “A Dame to Kill For,” r...

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