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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.
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.
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.
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…
Screenwriters take note! The introduction of Mouse comes at the PRECISELY RIGHT TIME to kick the film into high gear for it's final act. The film's methodical pace slowly builds the tension as a house of cards, and then Don Cheadle is like someone placing a fan in front of it and hovering their finger above the ON switch.
This movie is fantastic. B+
Devil in a Blue Dress, made in 1995, takes place in 1948 Los Angeles. The work of Hollywood artists in good period films always impresses me. I'm always stunned by the attention to detail, the research, and the planning that must go into a film like this, to make sure that anachronisms don't make it into a shot and that everything is accurate.
I was also impressed by the look of the film in general. I'm not sure quite how to explain it, and I believe the sets and props and costumes and cars went a long way, but the visual style of the film makes it feel like you're watching 1948 Los Angeles.
Denzel Washington plays Ezekiel "Easy"…
Not my favorite LA noire, but still gotta love Denzel. The man can do no wrong.
A tightly-paced noir starring a very charismatic Denzel Washington. The first movie I've watched on the bus with my new tablet!
Superb film noir that handles like a classic, complete with voice over narration (which I love), Denzel Washington assuming the role of your protagonist that gets in a little deeper than he'd care to, damaged damsels, contemplative jazz, sinister employers and a sidekick verging on unhinged, portrayed by a young Don Cheadle.
A well rounded feature with an engaging plot. 90's gem.
One of the better neo-noirs crafted, Devil in a Blue Dress reveals a masterful filmmaker in Franklin -- with the sad realization that his career would not be catapulted by this film. A gritty and stylish examination of race and the fleeting American Dream, Devil in a Blue Dress is a great adaptation of Mosley's work only slightly hindered by a few moments of excess and bloat.
"You ain't nothing without your friends."
I miss when Tom Sizemore was a real actor.
A rare Denzel movie where his character actually has an arc. Rather than starting out as a swaggering badass, when the film begins, Easy Rawlins is a desperate, almost defeated man who slowly morphs into a Denzel-ish hero. So it's even more satisfying when he bursts into the rich man's house and starts yelling threats and back-talking snooty butlers.
Tom Sizemore has never been better as the scumbag villain, and Don Cheadle nearly steals the show.
Tak Fujimoto is a god.
Why they didn't make a dozen more Easy Rawlins movies I'll never know.
A top-flight neo-noir. Of all the films that failed to become franchises, this one hurts me the most.
Washington and Cheadle are so good here! The 1940s Los Angeles noir setting is great.
Ex-G.I. "Easy" Rawlins (Denzel Washington) who has lost his job is worried about paying bills and making house payments (he is already two months behind). Things look up when DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore) hires him to track down Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), a white woman who was last seen in the "negro" part of town, a place he could never enter and get information on her whereabouts. "Easy" takes the job and begins his search; before long he is involved in murder, beaten by police during an interrogation, frequently knocked unconscious, and ends his quest involved in a gunfight resulting in several deaths. Director Carl (ONE FALSE MOVE) Franklin, who is now spending his time doing television series work, does…
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