In 2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s Sin City was an interesting novelty. The directors were able to transfer Miller’s visually distinct comics to the screen through the heavy use of CGI. Not adapt; transfer. The comic was used as a storyboard, and the directors filled in the gaps by casting a bunch of recognizable actors to play the roles. For people who argue that adaptations should never stray from the source material, 2005′s Sin City was perfect. Although the novelty has run its course, Rodriguez and Miller are back nine years later with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but the visual panache now feels like a crutch while also diminishing any authentic noir vibe the movie occasionally tries to convey. Although the sequel is occasionally enjoyable thanks to the actors who are in on the exaggerated tone, the film feels like it was made by a couple of teenagers who mistake whores for dames, sadists for toughs guys, and style for charm.