I thought this comparison between right-wing Christians and Sin City‘s Frank Miller was curiously apt:
At first glance, it may seem unlikely, but the makers of Sin City and theocrats in Washington and elsewhere share certain core beliefs: in the advanced moral decay and anarchy of modern society, the worthlessness of the existing democratic political forms to stem this decay and anarchy and, underlying everything, the essential rottenness of human nature (after all, this is Sin City). Of course, the former apparently wallow happily in these facts of life while the latter deplore them.
Via Andreas, posting in the comments at TalkLeft. TalkLeft, by the way, hated Sin City. I enjoyed it – it’s a character flaw, I guess, that I enjoy “violence ballet” movies – but it wasn’t anything special.
It did convey the feel of the comic books very accurately, and for far less money (I think the three graphic novels the movie was based on cost something like $15 to $20 each), so from that perspective I guess the movie is a bargain.
And what about the Mo Movie Measure?
(What’s the Mo Movie Measure, you ask? It’s and idea from an old Dykes to Watch Out For cartoon. The character “Mo” explains that she only watches movies in which 1) there are at least two female characters with names, who 2) talk to each other sometime in the course of the movie, about 3) something other than a man. It’s amazing how few movies can pass the Mo Movie Measure.)
Ironically, this movie, unlike most, passes the Mo Movie Measure – the prostitutes talk with each other about politics and saving their area of town from the mob. I say it’s “ironic” since Sin City doesn’t imagine women as being much more than pin-ups and prostitutes. Yes, the prostitutes are deadly killers, but Sin City treats this more as a fetish (oooooh, lingerie and weapons together!) than as a serious belief that women can ever be powerful in their own right.