I suppose I was at a slight disadvantage in that I had never seen the graphic novel on which it was based. I did, however, hear an interview with Frank Miller this morning on NPR so I kinda knew what to expect. Most comic book movies e.g. Batman, Spiderman, Superman, just took the basic storylines and created a new story. Robert Rodriguez took Frank Miller's book and re-did it page by page. He filmed it in black and white to match the feel of Miller's artwork. Only splashes of color are used in the movie as a dramatic effect.
The movie is part "Kill Bill" and part "Pulp Fiction." This is no surprise since Quentin Tarantino helped direct. The storyline is broken but it all comes together in the end. There is comic book violence and blood by the tanker truck. It pulls no punches. There is lots of torture and brutality. There is even a scene of implied vore which will have the wolf furries applauding.
It's a movie that will probably sit in my brain for days until I see it again. And you have to see it again. Once you finally come back to the starting point and things make sense, you want to see it all over again so you can pick up the subtle points you missed.
Mickey Rourke should be nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. It was awesome! The special effects were also unbelievable. From what I heard in the morning interview, there was a ton of CGI work involved. It works very well.
On a side note, Kitty and I were chatting over dinner afterwards about what comic books have yet to be made into movies. I mentioned that I thought it was odd that no one had done "The Watchmen" yet. It was one of the biggest series of the '80's. Well, I just checked the IMDB and it might be released next year. HOT DAMN!