Anyways, to carry on.
Last night I had the absolute pleasure of attending an advanced screening of the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller neo-noir delight, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. After waiting 9 years I can safely say I was beyond excited, and finding out that the movie was going to be in 3D was icing on the cake. The movie was beautifully stylized and was such a gem to watch, and it surely is the movie of the summer. Just like it's predecessor, Sin City 2 intertwines the lives of it's most dangerous criminals and it's social elite. As much as I would love to give an encompassing movie review I have to stop myself, and in turn continue on with a costume analysis. Since the movie has just come out today, adding a broad assortment of photos may prove difficult but let's give it a go anyway.
The moment Sin City ended I knew a costume review was necessary. Shot almost entirely in black and white with subtle colour here and there to emphasize certain aspects of the story, Rodriguez's long-time costume designer Nina Proctor brought these characters to life, carefully selecting costumes that would resonate to the characters on an extremely emotional level. I have decided to touch upon the characters played by Jessica Alba, and Eva Green.
Nancy Callahan, played by the stunning Jessica Alba, returns in Sin City 2 as a tormented exotic dancer, looking to seek out vengeance for the death of her darling departed Hartigan. Proctor really brought out Callahan's turmoil through costume selection, showing her most vulnerable in stripper-wear and most fierce during her revenge scenes.
When we first see Nancy she is, of course, dancing on stage of a seedy stripper joint in Old Town. She's wearing an extremely restricting getup of a black corset, very thin black tights and over top a contrasting white leather ribbon bound to her legs. Of course at first glance one would think it's simply a fantastic stripper outfit but it gives a glance into Callahan's internal turmoil. She is extremely lost and frail after the loss of her lover Hartigan, and bound by hate and utter vengeance. She feels constricted, much like her outfit, and turns to alcohol as the only means to sooth her pain.
As her storyline goes on, she spirals between strong and fearless, to helpless and alone. The wigs she wears are crucial to her character as well, since the moment she takes them off she is the most vulnerable, and most alone. In a scene where she visits Hartigan's grave, Nancy wears a very simple, shapeless, and long grey dress, a long black cloak, and her natural hair free and flowing. This is when the audience gets a true glimpse of what she has become: helpless and alone with no stripper-fascade to hide her pain.
Nearing the end of her storyline and getting very close to her revenge, Nancy undergoes an extreme transformation. Cutting off her lovely, long locks and dying them black and taking a piece of glass to her face leaving it completely scarred, Nancy has become utterly fearless. She comes out ferocious in a studded and spiked leather jacket, studded bustier, and tight, black, leather pants with studded cut outs along the side. Her character transformation is complete, and she is ready for anything.
Ava on the the other hand, played by the stunning Eva Green, doesn't have a single gentle bone in her body and is utterly corrupt. Ava spends a good portion of the film completely nude, but when she is draped in one of her sultry outfits, her complete control over men is emphasized even further.
As the movie continues and we see the hold she has on men, her wardrobe selection plays the part too, leaving these men speechless and constantly taunted by silky slips and robes. She begins seducing characters in her white robe, still maintaining a slight air of innocence and playing up her role of damsel in distress. The more she becomes desperate however, her selection of clothing goes darker, and so does her slip and robe. She's reaching the end of her reign, become increasingly more soulless and empty.
These two female leads are only a quick glimpse at this mesmerizing world, and every character is bound to enthral the viewer. Nancy and Ava are both dames to kill for, and both have men doing their bidding and literally murdering others. Dress them up or dress them down, the way these women look and act is crucial in progressing the movie. Whether they're dressed to the nines or not dressed at all, their looks could definitely kill.