The Black Dahlia (4/5*)(edit)

Brian De Palma directs another American period film that flows with lush sets, and equally lush actors.

If you enjoyed LA Confidential, then you'll probably enjoy this film (but that may have a lot to do with James Ellroy having written both films).

The Black Dahlia posterThe story is set against the brutal murder of a young nothing-actress in the late 1940s. Josh Hartnett plays Bucky, the young good looking, all round nice guy, well - aside from sleeping with his best friend's wife and all...

Scarlett Johansson plays the eye candy female interest in the love triangle, completed by Thank You for Smoking's Aaron Eckhart (who Julie points out promotes a film from TYFNS where beautiful people smoke, and this, is in fact that film!).

The characters stories weave fairly well in to one another, making me feel like I was hanging on to the plot right up until then end, where I hoped for an easy ending that would serve up whos, whys and whats. Alas, I needed to pay attention closer. It's a good film, but at the same time, it's going to keep you thinking.

Finally, I have to add that against those lush visuals, there's a couple of moments of violence that actually took me by surprise, and that's from the Remy giggled all the way through Brain Dead! Oh - and there's a surprising amount of crazy in the film - watch out for it!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Very easy on the eye if you're a boy or a girl. Lush sets and perfect hair styles everywhere! The story telling is slow, gentle process, but kept me engaged throughout the film, and even wincing out loud at times!

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