Dennis Haysbert

Sin City A Dame to Kill For

Sin City! A Dame to Kill For! The much anticipated sequel to 2005’s Sin City. After years in developmental hell, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have finally brought us the follow up. What has now developed a cult classic following, Sin City was most of the most visually stunning films put out of all time, A Dame to Kill For had a lot to live up. The anticipation has built for 9 years, nearly a decade. The film reunites us with stars from the original including Mickey Rouke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, and Jaime King. Michael Clarke Duncan, Clive Owen, and Devon Aoki are replaced this go around by Dennis Haysbert, Josh Brolin, and Jaime Chung respectively. Rounding out the ensemble cast they are joined by Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Marton Csokas, Christopher Lloyd, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Lady Gaga, and Crystal McCahill.

A Dame to kill for follows three stories, the premier story is the title story, which follows Dwight (Brolin), as he is twisted and manipulated by Eva (Green). It is very heavy on Marv (Rouke) as he and Dwight team together to protect Eva while end up being roused into her twisted plot. This sequence in the film serves as a prequel to Sin City, explaining why it is that Dwight is played by Brolin, as opposed to Clive Owen. The other stories are sort of intertwining stories that take place after Sin City, making this part of the film a true sequel. They include “Just another Saturday night” that follows Marv after Sin City as he deals with Nancy(Alba) reuniting with Hartigan(Willis), “The Long Bad Night” that follows Johnny(JGL) as he gambles his way to the top of Sin City, and must deal with Consequences. And finally “Nancys Last Dance” that follows Nancy as she breaks down after the loss of Hartigan and joins Marv in a hunt to take down the man responsible, Senator Roark.

The film is very fun. It you were a fan of the first film, you are definitely going to be a fan of this installment. The visuals are epic and absolutely beautiful. It makes sense that they have taken their time to get this film out. The action sequences are beautifully shot and literally look like they are taken from the graphic novel pages. Frank Miller who we know thanks to The Spirit is a terrible director on his own, but when he teams with Rodriguez, these two can truly bring the fans what it is they want. These films are the best adaptations of graphic novels or comic books out there. Are the actors over acting? Yes, but it works for the film. Is the dialog cheesy? Yes but it feels like it was ripped from the graphic novel. It is what makes this film so much fun.

It’s not all perfect though. There are a few times as the story goes, mostly during A Dame to Kill For, that the film can drag. As well it is truly missing Michael Clark Duncan and Devon Aoki. Understandably having to recast Manute after the passing of Michael Clark Duncan, but Haysbert is just not the fit. And I don’t know why Aoki was recast with Chung, and all though she gives us more action, she doesn’t have the Look that Aoki had. Aki had that stone cold look to her that gave you a respect and fear for her character.

All in all it’s a great film. I scored it a Jeebus Score of 4.1, but then added a .4 bonus for a naked Eva Green, rounding us out to 4.5, a Good time at the theater.

 

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Think Like a Man Too

The highly anticipated sequel, er, the anticipated sequel, er the sequel to 2012 smash hit, er hit, Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man Too is here. Tim Story returns to the directors seat for the sequel, and brings back with him the entire cast, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, all return, along with new comers Gary Owen, La La Anthony, and special appearances by Dennis Haysbert, Carl Weathers, Floyd Mayweather and Kelsey Grammer.

The original film, Think like a Man, mad $96 Million on a modest $12 Million budget. That’s obvious grounds that a sequel would be on its way. As far as I am concerned, the film was very entertaining. Where the first film was definitely a lot more of a love story, whereas this go around the film is basically Kevin Harts movie. While Hart was a minor character in the first film, he takes the spotlight and rightfully so. I am a sucker for Kevin Hart, his jokes and comedy hit me just right so I might be bias. But Think like a Man Too benefits from the added screen time for Hart.

The original cast all returns and all have their own relationship issues to deal with. Maya (Good) and Zeke (Malco) struggle with Zeke’s past, while Dominic (Ealy) and Lauren (Henson) futures both look bright, yet would keep them apart. Jeremy (Ferrara) and Kristin (Union) now married are trying to have a child, but Jeremy has doubts about himself as a father. Then you have Candace (Hall) and Michael (Terrance J), wedding weekend, overbearing mother (Jennifer Lewis), as well as the Bachelor and Bachelorette parties. Meanwhile Cedric (Hart) is going through another divorce with Gail (Wendy Williams) and keeping the bachelor party rolling.

The film doesn’t really move the characters forward, but at the same time is a fun film. You enjoy watching the drama, and fun times these characters have. Plus any movie set in Vegas is always a blast to watch. On the surface the story is a little weak, but when fun starts up, and the antics get going you can almost just smile and enjoy it, even without the deep story. The performances are all ok, nothing acceptable, or something to be excited about, but everyone plays their part well. To be honest, I watch this film, and it makes me mad about the upcoming Fantastic Four Reboot. I love Meagan Good, and this film is no exception. I think she would’ve made a great Sue Storm, but that’s a topic for another time.

Over all the film is pretty fun to watch, and the story can keep you entertained. I gave Think like a Man Too a Jeebus Score of 3.6, with a bonus of .3 for Kevin Hart’s comedic performance, coming out to a 3.9, Check out the Matinee!