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THE BLACK DAHLIA

The Black Dahlia could have been something pretty awesome, but sadly, it was just a bit too much, and just not all that.

A fictional movie with a real situation thrown in probably isnít too easy to write. I donít know. But James Elroy wrote a novel about the infamous ďBlack DahliaĒ unsolved murder from the late 40ís. What I donít know is how much he made up, and then how much of the novel made it to the screen in this adaptation by Josh Friedman and directed by Brian De Palma.

Like he did some in SIN CITY, Josh Hartnett narrates this neo-noir flick, and he is very good and quite likable as Bucky, a good cop and part time boxer. Aaron Eckhart is excellent as always, this time playing a troubled, obsessive cop and Buckyís partner. Scarlett Johansson isnít bad either, but she didnít really impress me much. Hilary Swank was a bit cartoony, but thatís how she was written, so oh well. Mia Kirshner is yummy and kinda likable in a slightly sympathetic role as the titular character, real name of Elizabeth Short. I felt sorry for her, and not just because of how she ultimately ends up either.
Oh, and there are lots of lesbians and even Harry Potterís bitchy Aunt Petuniaís in here too. Weird.

Look, I donít know what too say. It was just too weird and not all that interesting considering the possibilities, and maybe had there been more about the victimís life, and less like a campy noir send-up.
Itís not bad too look at, but itís just not all that.

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