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Judge Joel Pearce • Location: Waterloo, ON Canada
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My Sin City Thoughts...
April 3rd, 2005 11:28AM

Well, since I've been waiting since Sin City was announced to see it, I guess it has earned a short blog entry. I am not disappointed. It seems that Tarantino and Rodriguez have decided to finally break the PG-13 action movie trend, and they are doing a great job of it. This movie is so full of horrors, atrocities and the macabre that it lives on the edge of no longer being entertaining. It's only the stilted dialogue, satirical characters and frequent humor that keep it from becoming completely repulsive.

In trying to explain to people what it's like, I've been trying to describe it as different than a comic book adaptation. When comic books are adapted to film, they change things to make it work as a film. Plots are made linear and compressed to fit into a smaller time period, characters are simplified. Elements are changed to fit the political situations of the time.

Sin City doesn't do that. It isn't a comic book adapted to film, it's a filmed comic book. Characters come and go, the action happens in short frames, nothing quite looks real, it has no sense of time and so many of the characters only exist as broad stereotypes. The great thing is that it actually works well a lot better than most comic book movies. It's an experience you can get completely lost in, partly because it doesn't feel like the explosive, violent world has been crammed into some linear storyline. The three stories here exist as examples of what happens every day in this crazy city. It would make a great HBO series.

I need to watch Sin City again, because it's far too much to absorb over the course of a couple hours. I liked it a lot, though, and it comes highly recommended for people who have the stomach for it.

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