Robert Rodriguez adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels, which successfully captures the look and feel of comic books. Shot mainly in black and white with stark light and dark, and stylized use of primary colours. The violence is graphic and brutal without being stomach-churning; it's quite funny most of the time. The best performance is by Mickey Rourke as Marv, an ugly beast of a man who can take and give a hell of a beating, determined to avenge the murder of a prostitute called Goldie (Jaime King). The plot - in keeping with the genre - is quite episodic and appears to be three isolated storylines. In the end, however, they weave together.
Nugget: great visuals and mostly fun, although at 124 minutes it was probably 20-30 minutes too long to keep my attention throughout (yet that might have been because I was a little tired and hungry).