This is Part I of a four part series, 'A Deeper
Look Inside Sin City', that attempts to get inside the Sin
City movie by covering all three graphic novels included
in the film adaptation. Sin City, the movie, covers the original
Sin City novel, plus The Big Fat Kill and That Yellow
Bastard. The first book that will be covered is the original Sin
City, which features the story about Marv, and his act of vengeance.
An introduction into the world of Sin City. *available at Amazon
A Look Inside Sin City and Marv
First off, the Sin City trailer does a hell of a job portraying
Marv. While reading the graphic novel, and witnessing the high contrast
drawings, I can't believe how perfect Marv [Mickey Rourke] looks for the
Sin City film. He even sounds how I expected, even though I thought
Marv may of had an even dopier voice.
If you have seen the Sin City trailer, you basically get an introduction
to Marv and his situation with the introduction of the film [will the Marv
story dominate the film?]. If you couldn't get the jist of Marv, here is
a brief summary of the 'event' that surrounds Marv's story:
Sin City begins with Marv making love to a girl named Goldie. Marv immediately
falls in love with her and can't understand how some one as good as she
can fall for some one like him.
Marv wakes up to find Goldie dead. Some one had snuck into their room
and killed her while he slept. Marv is ashamed, and blames himself for
drinking too much [as a reason why he didn't wake up].
The scene ends with 'Whoever killed you is going to pay, Goldie.'
Marv later receives the help of Goldie's twin sister, Wendy [Jaime King],
to help exact revenge
So this begins the story of Marv, a ruthless killer who does have a soft
spot for women. While Marv is more than willing to commit barbaric acts
on men, he would not dare hurt a lady. Marv even mentions a few occasions
where he beats up, or kills, a guy for treating a woman 'improperly'. Because
of this, there are women who appreciate Marv and owe him a bit of gratitude.
Marv is un-proportionally large and worn with battles and brawls, giving
him a look most women would not find attractive. Hence, this is why Marv
is surprised to be with Goldie [a girl he considers an angel] at the beginning
of the story.
There is a lot of graphic drawings, including nudity, within Sin City
A Look Into Marv
Marv, like almost every character in Sin City, is no full-time
hero. Instead, his chivalry arises on a given occasion. And, like a lot
of other Sin City characters, his bravery can be compared to insanity.
Marv realizes that the death of his love, Goldie [played by Jaime King],
is in connection with the most powerful family name that also heads up Sin
City, Roark. Roark hid his sin behind the mask of God, as a man of
the cloth. However, Roark was connected to people such as the character
Kevin. Kevin found enjoyment in kidnapping 'whores' and eating portions
of them while they were still alive. When Kevin ate the girl to death, he
would mount her head on his wall.
Sound brutal? Well, that isn't even the beginning. The hero of the book,
Marv, is on a quest for vengeance against those who killed the woman he
loved, Goldie. Marv would use every brutal tactic he knew in order to extract
information from injured foes. Marv is no stranger to torture either, as
he doesn't mind giving it or receiving it. In one instance, Marv places
tourniquets on a guy's limbs and proceeds to saw all of his arms and legs
off. When the guy under question still refuses to talk, Marv lets a wild
dog eat him alive [Marv, however, keeps the head]. So, Marv is no angel
in any sense. But, for the story of Marv in Sin City, his whole purpose
is to act as the left hand of God [not literally] and serve punishment to
all those involved in the murder of Goldie.
Aspects to Sin City
Judging by the first to novels I read, you are most likely going to hear
me say this for every part of this look inside Sin City-- The Sin
City movie can be seen as a risk for a film as it does not follow any
conventional movie formula. Things do not turn out well for all characters,
even your favorites. Some of the parts are just down right depressing or,
at least, disturbingly shocking. 'Beautiful women' get killed just as quickly,
or brutally, as the key culprits in the story. If you think your hero for
the story is going to walk off in the sunset, think again. In Sin City,
things never seem to turn out OK for anybody.
Marv may have some problems. But, in Sin City
, there are much
While this fact may bother some, the story of Marv could just be one of
the instrumental steps in creating an all time classic film. Do viewers
like always seeing the main character walk away unscathed, or do they want
to see something disturbingly real. Being a hero, even for an instant, is
a hard job that has life consequences [such as loss of life]; consequences
that seem to affect Marv in the most negative of ways. By the end of Marv's
story, you understand that he may not fit the standard 'hero' formula, but
you still root for him along the way and pity him at the end.
The only complaint I have has nothing to do with the story, but the use
of grammar. I'm not sure if this is the standard [and I'm beginning to think
it isn't after reading That Yellow Bastard] writing style of graphic
novels, but there seemed to be a lot of missing commas and periods amongst
a lot of the descriptions and dialogue. Maybe this was the style Miller
was going for, it is just that run-on sentences can cause me to pause and
re-take a look at a sentence to really understand what is being said. Other
than that complaint, I appreciated the story, as it was different, graphic,
disturbing, and somehow fulfilling. From the beginning of the novel you
discover there is no way your character can win, but some how Marv gets
you as close as he can.
For further info, check out the Sin City Movie