This complex murder mystery actually has
two inter linked stories going on at once, one the true grisly
murder of actress wannabe Short that was never solved in the
What made this movie for myself was the
old-time crime drama and how they recreated the look and feel
of early L.A. It's like watching classic movies of that era.
It's a little confusing and frustrating
at times trying to piece together, but well worth the effort
A great cast, dazzling cinematography,
and opulent costumes make this fictionalized account of the famous
Black Dahlia murder a modern film noir. treat.
Unfortunately, the last third of this film
turns into a bloody mess when we are treated to a multitude of
twists and explanations in order to smooth out the ending.
It's no Chinatown.
This movie is about the real-life 1947
murder of 22-year-old wannabe actress Elizabeth Short, known
as the Black Dahlia for her taste in black fashion.
She found fame only in death, as the victim
in Los Angeles' most notorious unsolved murder case.
This is a complex tale of friendship, corruption,
and infatuation that begins as a slow but intriguing character
study that gradually unravels into a big mess.
The film starts well, but there were just
too many blind alleys that lead nowhere and too much sinister