Great Film Noir!
Based on the James Ellroy novel, "LA Confidential" is written and directed by Curtis Hanson, a terrifically talented writer and director. Hanson dives the audience right into the story, engrossing us in the story from the outset. His vision of LA in the 50's feels real- no rose-colored looks at 1950s America here. The crooks are violent, the cops either corrupt or (mostly) well-intentioned, and all is not well in paradise. Los Angeles may be paradise, but there is sure trouble in it. Give Hanson credit for casting too. The cast is terrific- James Cromwell (one of my favorite actors), Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey (another one of my favorites), Danny DeVito, David Strathairn, and newcomers Guy Pierce and Russell Crowe are outstanding. Crowe in particular does an outstanding job, taking a character that seems at first glance to be a big thug and making him into a complex hero. Everything else about "LA Confidential" is right on the money. Film noir at its finest.
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