120+ movies: The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia The Black Dahlia (17/12/11)

Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the “Black Dahlia” murder investigation.

All the way through this film I felt completely lost. I saw that there was a plot line concerning the Black Dahlia murder case but everything else that was going on felt like a bit of a mess. Some other things were going on that were lost on me.

The film did look brilliant. Captured the 40s era perfectly. Josh Harnett was a good lead, Hilary Swank annoyed, though strangely Scarlett did not.

Very cool looking film but that’s about it for me.
Rating: 2/5

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2 comments

  1. Speaking as someone who dresses in WWII fashion, lives knee deep in late 30s-early40s music, film, etc. and even works in vintage radio – let me just say that this movie did *not* capture the 40s era. They tried way too hard for noir, if you want to see a halfway decent modern representation of noir check out The Good German. Even then the modern cameras kind of screw it up, but it’s better than Dahlia.

    I was so disappointed in that film. I’ve always been so fascinated by Short’s story and felt so bad for her, and hoped the film would chronicle her actual life as much as possible, but instead it focused on some ridiculous rumor then tried to connect the dots and ended up looking like a rejected episode of Tales from the Crypt, only without the cool irony, wit or ability to write a story that makes sense. And am I the only person who doesn’t see how Swank and Kirshner look ‘exactly alike’?

    I love the cast, but not in this. This makes Pearl Harbor look good, and that’s very hard to do.

    But ask me if I liked it, lol.

    • The Good German’s been on my list for a while! Will check it out soon!

      See, I don’t know much about Short’s story so it was all pretty much new to me. It was very much like a rejected Crypt episode! But elongated to well beyond it’s natural life.

      I like the cast, minus Hilary Swank. I don’t know what it is about her, just can’t ever really like her.

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