Hollywoodland (2006)

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Hollywoodland is a fictionalisation of the circumstances surrounding the death of George Reeves whose first acting role was in the legendary Gone With The Wind, but found fame as the TV incarnation of Superman.

Aping the feel of 1940’s and 1950’s Film Noir detective movies, Adrien Brody is excellent as the down at heel, ambulance-chasing private eye who is more interested in self-aggrandisement than justice, as is Ben Affleck who puts in a fine performance as the charming rogue who feels he is better than the lot in life he has been handed. Sensitively directed with a nice sense of period, this is not a lurid true crime story, more a character study with an intelligently plotted investigative spin and it works really well. Those expecting a slam-bang finale may be disappointed but it has a poignancy that rounded off the story perfectly for me.

Not in the same league as L.A. Confidential but Hollywoodland is head and shoulders above the likes of The Black Dahlia and its ilk.

7/10

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