My friend Heather writes to direct me to a promising trailer for the new comic bo…er, graphic novel adaptation of Frank Miller’s Sin City. The cast is impressive–there are at least ten household names. They run from a very un-Gilmore-Girls-looking Alexis Bledel to the made-to-star-in-comic-book-adaptations Bruce Willis. Robert Rodriguez is directing. If he can combine the style of his Spy Kids movies with his Mexican trilogy, he’l prove an ideal choice.
In younger, comic-collecting days, I always admired Miller’s unorthodox work on Daredevil and Elektra. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a masterpiece. Sadly, none of the associated movies have lived up to the style and mood of the comic books (I’m going to go ahead and assume that, despite the lithesome Jennifer Garner, Elektra is going to suck). Hopefully Sin City will do better.
I was recently blown away by The Incredibles, and had a revelation. Why are we adapting comic books with live actors in rubber suits? Animation is obviously a far more natural fit for the average comic book. However, I don’t think Sin City is the average comic book. It looks to me like Rodriguez has effectively married Miller’s vision with a hyper-film noir aesthetic.