Monday, May 19, 2008
I'm not a great lover of detective movies. But I loved every minute of L.A. Confidential. Based on James Ellroy's 'noir' novel about corruption and crime among members of the LAPD in the 1950s, the pace is fast, but never rushed. The sets are fantastic. The lighting is artistic and rarely intrusive.
And the cast... Kevin Spacey, smooth and assured. Russell Crowe, damaged and struggling for honour. Guy Pearce, intelligent and morally ambivalent. Kim Basinger, multi-faceted, warm and intelligent... and then there's James Cromwell, Danny Devito, Ron Rifkin, David Strathairn... all playing their parts entertainingly and convincingly.
If you want to know more, visit IMDB. Better still, purchase the DVD (you can get it on Amazon from from 99p) set aside two hours and get immersed in something very, very good.