Posted on 10/06/12 01:43 PM
literal adaptation? yes. over-the-top? yes. a mash-up of styles? yes. but it works.
this is an omnibus with three stories from graphic novels (fancy word for comic books) sin city by fran miller. the stories are set in basin city, a combination of chandler's los angeles on rye, thompson's las vegas on ether and city of the future on extasy. time setting is also undetermined, cars vary from 30-es to late 50-es and 80-es ferrari, clothes from trenchcoats via heavy metal leather jackets to g-strings, fishnets and s/m kits. dialogue is noir, monologue is ultra-noir and the physics of the action is taken directly from pulp comix. the cast is stellar: action heroes plus the tarantino/rodriguez ususal suspects. the color is not noir black and white, it is a two color print with the fly color details (taken from european graphic novels): blond hair, red blood, blue eyes and sick yellow skin. it rains constantly.
it works. i don't know how, but it works. the adaptation is kinda page by page (miller is credited as a screenplay writer), but there is also lots of directing touches, there are fight scenes taken directly from exploatation movies. there is blood, there is skin, there is an eye for a detail. and it's not a trashy pulp fun, it's not just a parallel universe that mixes lots of pop culture memes. sin city is our past, present and future, it is a hyperbole of human corruption and power games.