- Rated - HOT! HOT! HOT!
This is a really intelligent, fast-moving film which is visually
interesting and has a great cast. Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are
Australian, and they are so interesting on screen. Kevin Spacey gives
another terrific performance. He is prodigiously talented. The
screenplay is original, retaining just enough of James Ellroy's
jaundiced voice and dark prose. The film is beautifully art-directed (
the fifties look gorgeous!) and perfectly paced. All that and violence
too. I'm in heaven!
The other thing I love about this film is the way it creates a new
urban myth about Hollywood hookers who look like stars. Also the way it
deals with a topic very close to Australian's hearts in any decade:
Just about the only quibble I have is the casting of the dreamy and
sensitive David Strathairn as the vice boss. How inappropriate! And
maybe the ending. I have a better one. Ask me about it sometime.