Hollywoodland, 2006

8 January 2007

I saw Hollywoodland before work (and my favourite, Startrek) early this morning.

And it was really quite dissapointing, and far too long. It started out as a fairly intriging murder mystery, all the usuals, private investigator, strange unexplained/unexpected suicide/murder of a Hollywood actor, strained relationships, cheating wives etc. probably in the 1950s. Superflupous side plots, such as Louis Simo (Adrien Brody) working on a side job, which seemed only to suggest that Simo is as much of a flake as George Reeves (Ben Affleck) the failed superman action hero who supposedly killed himself.

You are left hanging, in the end, with the understanding that George Reeves probably did take his own life, but there are a few things left unexplained, the extra bullet holes in the floor (he died of a gunshot wound), and the abrasions on the deceased arms (apparently not noticed by the coroner) not to mention a number of people who would have been happier without him around.

If you really want to see it, wait til it’s out on video.

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