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Devil in a Blue Dress
Private detective Easy Rawlins has been caught on the wrong side of the most dangerous secret in town.
In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet, who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city's black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head.
The more I see this film, the more I like it. We watch Denzel's Eazy Rawlins become a pretty good detective out of necessity and then out of anger for being patronized and stepped on one time too many, especially since it's L.A. circa 1948. A simple missing girl case keeps twisting and turning, dropping dangerous clues and some bodies along the way. Tom Sizemore and Denzel are fine but it's Don Cheadle's Mouse the one that steals it effortlessly. The best sidekick ever! Director Carl Franklin has such a realistic way filming violence that makes it both ugly and exciting to watch at the same time.
This film looks amazing in black & white.
Devil in a Blue Dress is a neo-noir starring Denzel Washington as Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a guy struggling to find work after losing his manufacturing job. Enter Tom Sizemore, a mysterious character who hires Rawlins to find a missing white woman. What Rawlins initially thinks would be some easy money spirals into a chaotic experience laced with twists, murder, and of course, a devil in a blue dress.
This film does a great job incorporating film noir elements. It's a genre I've only seen a handful of films from, but I can definitely tell that any recognizable noirish elements fit perfectly in this film. The story is gripping not only due to a…
Holy hell, Mouse deserves a movie all his own. Dayum, son!
On the whole, a different type of noir story that is typically glanced over as less than a subplot (LA Confidential). While not Denzel's best work of the 90s, it is certainly worth the watch for Don Cheadle's scene-stealing turn as Denzel's hoodlum compadre. Sorta like if The Big Sleep was made in Harlem instead of Beverly Hills.
An always-charismatic Denzel Washington performance drives "Devil in a Blue Dress," a noir that's slightly convoluted at points, but remains slick, entertaining, and darkly funny throughout.
Perhaps the best thing about this movie is that Denzel Washington's Easy Rawlins is no private eye. Not at first, at least. Nah, it takes him a while to get there, and by the time he does, you know he was born for the job.
Getting Denzel to play a hardboiled detective in a film noir is a stroke of genius and I wonder why nobody else decided to make the Easy Rawlins franchise a reality. Add in a few movie spinoffs of Don Cheadle as Mouse and we're pretty much set for life.
While Denzel's Easy looks the part of a moody private dick, he's still just as normal as the next guy. Even if he's been played for…
Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress is a superb neo-noir, that maximises its period setting, socio-economic backdrop and pitch perfect performances to be one of the best crime movies of the 1990s.
I have read a number of the Walter Mosley Easy Rawlins novels and this adaptation really captures the spirit, with Denzel Washington absolutely inhabiting the contradictions of the main character. Never has an actor been better suited to playing a character called Easy. Washington has such ease in front the camera. This is one of his signature performances, the only shame in it is that we do not have more Rawlins films starring Washington. They should have made them every few years and aged the character with…
Everything just seemed too convenient for Denzel Washington's character, he didn't really have to figure anything out things just happened conveniently to help the story along. I didn't really find it engaging the opening titles with a very dull song choice set the tone.
Oh man, I love this movie. Possibly one of the best and most true-to-form modern neo noirs I've seen, and I can't account for why I've only just now seen it. Devious women and a hard-up man who knows too little. Countryside Compton. Narration that actually adds value. But stacking the typical tropes around the centerpiece of a disenfranchised black man in post-war L.A. is the real, unique stroke of genius about this film. Edward Dmytryk only dreamed of an underdog so deep under.
Meh. Set design felt too back lot and the story was pretty boring. Young Denzel is great and when Don Cheadle shows up it's a treat. Otherwise everyone else is a shitty caricature and either not taking it seriously enough or not hamming it up enough.
Not horrible, just happy when it was over.
The most frustrating thing about this film is that the events in the narration at times are more exciting than the action going on. If only the scripting for this movie was better.
#200 DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS - Rich, evocative LA noir. Near perfect. #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days #Denzealots #Bamboozled ★★★★★
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This is a great detective film noir that I never heard from before. Its an amazing boiler plate of a film, then the movie becomes incredible when Don Cheadle shows up out of nowhere wearing one of the pimpiest suits and having an itchie trigger. He gets one of the best lines in the movie.
Denzel plays a guy that is just trying to keep his house and make sure this guy doesn't cut his trees.
A good noir and then don cheadle comes roaring out of left field shooting people left and right and makes this a great movie. "If you didn't want him killed, you shouldn't have left him with me."
First time for this one. It was a lot like lebowski, but not funny
Film number two for Denzel Watchingthon. Unfortunately, due to a lack of sleep from the night before, I dozed off during the first half of this one and was unable to follow it. Therefore, I would feel wrong giving it a rating. Sad, considering that, from what I saw, it was very promising. I love noir, and Don Cheadle steals the show! Will check it out again someday.
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