Releasing 9 years after the original film, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is not exactly a sequel the world has been clamouring for and, given its horrible lack of success at the US box office, it will be longer than another decade before we see a new instalment in this universe. This is perhaps a good thing as, despite containing a variety of redeeming features and an admittedly iconic visual style all its own, Dame is an often uncomfortably gratuitous mess with a crippling inability to keep focus on anything for long enough to keep it interesting. (more…)
Following the remarkable Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios continues to impress with the intergalactic excursion of an unlikely team of crusading criminals in The Guardians of the Galaxy. Blasting off from cookie-cutter crap that has characterised many superhero films in recent memory, Marvel’s trend of differentiating each saga through tone and genre keeps the continually expanding universe fresh—if there’s one word that summarises this film, it’s ‘fresh’. In a lot of ways, Guardians plays as a parody of the superhero genre with its hilarious rag-tag collection of flawed heroes, but its fun tone sits extremely well with deeper themes of friendship, unity, and support which could easily have felt superficial in a less confident film. Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy delights with its chaotic sense of humour, its incredible ensemble, and its surprisingly touching sincerity.