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Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems.
Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films. Based on the multi-layered James Ellroy novel.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #42
It takes a great writer, director and cast to elevate pulp to this caliber of class! The film is dripping with style but in no way shape or form does it sacrifice substance in favor of style! It's an extraordinary film that lets you have your cake and eat it too!
An all star cast that gave equally brilliant performances thus making it next to impossible to single out any specific actor for an exceptional performance! They ALL made a significant contribution to the films success!
Let me introduce you to this wonderful cast:
The plot has more twists than a pretzel! And it's just as tasty!
I discovered Alice hadn't seen this, and considering mystery-thriller is her favorite genre combination, watching it was basically a foregone conclusion. I didn't take notes, so there won't be any in-depth analysis today; suffice it to say that this is one of my all-time favorite movies because of (1) its great characters played by great actors, (2) its portrayal of the violent underside of the law, and (3) its illustration of the name of the father. I do apologize, but there was really no way to take notes since Alice's dad had too much apple juice and kept interrupting with such truly insightful questions as:
1. Is that Russell Crowe?
2. Who's that?
3. What's happening?
Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.
The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.
I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.
Always heard great things about this one and now I finally confirmed it myself. L.A. Confidential is excellent! An absolutely terrific thriller!
Great direction, great dialogues, great and very intriguing story with very good twists and turns.
The performances are outstanding by all of the amazing cast but I have to do a special mention to Kevin Spacey, he is such a good actor! I love to see him perform. He is so powerful, he doesn't even need to speak to spread his charm! I wish we could see him in more films nowadays.
If this film is not perfect I am sure that is very close to that.
I don't often feel inclined to compare films I'm watching to others, but while watching L.A. Confidential it was nearly impossible not to compare it to the recently watched Gangster Squad. Seeing them shortly after each other made Gangster Squad's weaknesses and this film's strengths all the more apparent. L.A. Confidential understands the difference between style and class, the difference between merely showing a story and telling a story and the fact that if you have a great cast, you have to give it great material and that pulp does not equal poor quality.
Based on James Ellroy's novel, it is clear from the start that we will be dealing with a plot…
L.A. Confidential is one of the best movies of the 90s and probably the best neo-noir ever. The story is excellent, full of twists and turns. The characters are great and the acting is brilliant. Kim Basinger, Russel Crowe, Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce show what Oscar-worthy acting is. The supporting cast is great too. The script is awesome, filled with rich dialogue. Such a brilliant film!
Pretty much anything you could possibly want in a noir crime drama. It's a slightly different take on the classic "rookie cop has to choose to be a bad boy or a valorous hero" story that doesn't seek to make its main characters heroes or villains. This is a story of surviving inside the machine.
Excellent crime drama full of amazing performances.
Not to be fucked with. I long for the two seconds in which Curtis Hanson was a serious filmmaker, because he knew how to get inside characters' heads while spinning riveting stories like nobody's business. Spacey gives the flashiest performance here and he's excellent as always, but the subtle evolution of the relationship between Crowe's Bud White and Pearce's Ed Exley is the film's beautiful highlight. The scene were they burst into Patchett's house, shotguns aimed and all bad blood forgotten, is a fistpump moment like no other. An immaculately-made noir homage that also ranks as one of the genre's greatest.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Let's start with the good, shall we? I love the characters and that's really probably the best thing about "L.A. Confidential". You get a pretty eccentric little group of detectives, all with totally different personalities and your opinion of them changes over the course of the film. Take Ed Exley for example: At the beginning of the film, you see Exley as a sniveling little yes-man, who will not break (or even bend) the book for no reason. We see him in comparison with Bud White, who is someone who hates woman beaters. Bud White is a character that the viewer is immediately going to be drawn to, because who in the world likes a woman beater, so we're with…
Interesting and nice story.
You really need to pay attention while watching this film. Subplots, heavy scenes of dialogue, and exposition that can be rushed through rather quickly can make this film hard to follow but all of it adds up, giving the audience rich characters and a plot that delivers.
How they were able to adapt this book, I'll never know.
Greatly acted and directed but it's the script that deserves all the praise for this brilliant period piece. Great pacing and twists make this one of the best movies of the genre.
Plenty of mystery to keep you guessing in a good ol' fashioned taled of corruption...but I didn't care that much, nor feel well enough informed to be surprised.