This is Part II 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. While Part I
covered is the original Sin City, which features the story about
Marv, Part II will discuss That Yellow Bastard, the story of the
retired police officer named Hartigan, who goes against the Roark family
by attempting to stop 'Junior' from raping an eleven year old girl named
Nancy [older Nancy will be played by Jessica Alba]. All Sin City
novels were written by Frank Miller.
An introduction into the world of Sin City. *available at Amazon
A Look Inside Sin City and Hartigan
First off, the Sin City trailer does a hell of a job portraying
Hartigan [I said the exact same thing about Marv in Part I]. While reading
the graphic novel, and witnessing the high contrast drawings, I can only
find one discrepancy for Hartigan [Bruce Willis] in the Sin City
film. Even though Bruce Willis does fit the look of Hartigan, he still looks
a little too young to play the aged police officer. Hartigan, in Sin City-
That Yellow Bastard, is suppose to be easily over 70. And, like most of
Frank Miller's Sin City heroes, Hartigan has a 'hulk' style presence.
In the Sin City
trailer, Bruce Willis does not look that big.
If you have seen the Sin City trailer [on the movie page above],
you get an introduction to Hartigan and his adventures against the guy who
is yellow ['Junior' played by Nick Stahl]. If you couldn't get the jist
of Hartigan [which is much harder than Marv, whom the trailer revolves around],
here is a brief summary of the 'event' that surrounds Hartigan's story:
Sin City: That Yellow Bastard begins with Hartigan retiring
as a respectable police officer. However, he has recently heard news that
the son of Roark, 'Junior', has kidnapped another young girl-- Nancy Callahan.
'Junior' is known for raping these girls and then killing them by cutting
them into pieces.
The police force is entirely in Roark's pocket. However, considering
that Hartigan has just retired, he sees an opportunity to take vigilanty
justice by killing 'Junior' and saving Nancy.
Hartigan kills some security and soon catches up with 'Junior'. The
fight ends with 'Junior' in a coma, Hartigan in the hospital, and Nancy
Callahan saved. Hartigan was shot in the back by his own partner, who
feared the consequences if Roark's son were to die by the hand of a police
Hartigan is waken up in the hospital bed by Roark, who threatens that
he will kill Nancy if Hartigan tries to go against the fake story that
the police already have on him [from Hartigan's partner]. Hartigan goes
to prison for assaulting Nancy, something Nancy did not want him to do.
But, Hartigan knew he had to protect Nancy.
During his eight years in prison, Hartigan receives a letter from Nancy
every day. However, one day the letters stop and, instead, Hartigan gets
visited by a guy who is yellow. With the visit, Hartigan also receives
an envelope that has a finger in it; a finger he assumes is Nancy's. Hartigan
makes an agreement with Roark and must go in front of a committee to get
released from prison [something he had refused to do].
Now Hartigan must find Nancy and make sure she is all right.
There is a lot of graphic drawings, including nudity, within Sin
So this begins the story of Hartigan, a respectable police officer who
got a shitty break after he decided to go up against the man-- Roark.
Hartigan, like most Sin City characters, can be just as much
a gentleman as he is ruthless. An example being that Hartigan enjoys shooting
testicles off of his male foes. However, Hartigan is much different from
Marv [Part I]. Where Marv
was ruthless in the name of vengeance, Hartigan is ruthless in the name
A Look Into Hartigan
Hartigan is more of a hero in the Sin City novels than Marv.
Marv was willing to go against Roark to seek his own vengeance. Hartigan,
on the other hand, goes up against Roark when he grows tired of all the
injustices that the family has caused; especially 'Junior.' Marv becomes
a hero after he discovers that Goldie has been killed while sharing a
bed with him. Hartigan decides to become a hero on the day of his retirement,
when he felt no more weight was holding him down to stop 'Junior' and
And, just like Marv, Hartigan, as a hero, does not follow any conventional
settings. Hartigan is willing to kill any who stand in his way during
his quest for Nancy. He will even kill you slowly, not just a single shot
to the head. Hartigan will rip your balls off [literally] or blow off
some limbs before he finally finishes you. In a rough town such as Sin
City, you got to be rough back.
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
Hartigan suffers from angina.
While this fact may bother some, the story of Hartigan could just be one
of the instrumental steps in creating an all time classic film. And, to
be honest, the story of Hartigan is much more depressing than the story
of Marv. So, I will ask this again-- Will movie goers enjoy seeing a movie
that offers heroes who do not really contain any hero qualities [except
for ability with a gun and size of the character]? Hartigan, just like Marv,
does not have the happiest of endings. Each character understood their flaws
and only saw the worst options as the best options. By the end of Hartigan's
story, you understand that he may not fit the standard 'hero' formula [even
though he is closer to the 'hero' formula than Marv] , but you still root
for him along the way and have EXTREME pity for him at the end.
For Part I of 'A Deeper Look
Inside Sin City,' I had complained about the use of grammar. That Yellow
Bastard offers much better grammar than the original Sin City.
The story also contains two characters that talk with the hardest dialogue
I have ever heard. Check out the sample below:
And, if my current state of much-justified
petulance permits me to press the point, you are likeways demonstratabbly
bereft of a working understanding of the perimeters of our beforementioned
mission at hand.
Relevant to said mission is the following query I no put forth to you. Said
query concerning matters strictly spacial in nature.. Wherein this most
streamlined and trunkless of transports-- boner-inspiring though it may
be-- wherein are we to reposit our recently deceased cargo?
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