June 4th, 2005

breaking bad

Sin City

I decided to go to see Sin City last night, because I thought H might like it. He hated it. I didn't like it all that much, either. My expectations were too high. I should have remembered that many SF people like comic book adaptations much more than I do. For example, the hundreds of imdb reviews of this film say things like 'the most accurate rendition of a comic book in film form - ever'. And to me that's a bit like making a 1/200 accurate model of the Flying Scotsman. It undoubtedly takes skill and commitment, but at the end of the day it's not taking you anywhere (brilliant extended metaphor - 10 points). In fact I think this film will be used on film studies courses as proof that the point of film is not to replicate the source material.
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Undoubtedly this is a film that lots of people will like a lot. It was artistic, sporadically amusing, adventurous in its methods, and quite full-on. Some of the individual images were very good. To me that wasn't enough.