Movie Review
The Black Dahlia

By: Jeffrey Bloomer

Posted 09/22/2006 - 12:58:15 PM by jhitting:
 Good article. Having read the book several years ago, I must stay that this movie's failings are more the fault of the source material than anything. This film is virtually identical to the book's meandering plotline. I say: Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar since the two fail on exactly the same level.
Posted 09/22/2006 - 05:39:36 PM by Richie_A:
 Yeah, good review, you nailed it.. it's basically a wandering mess, constantly looking like it might be going somewhere and then taking another maddening detour, which might be okay if the scenery wasn't so boring.
Posted 09/25/2006 - 12:39:50 AM by duggie:
 de palma's taking the "3 good scenes, no bad scenes" idea way too literally
Posted 09/25/2006 - 03:23:12 PM by super_are:
 the movie's failings have nothing to do with the novel--which is exceptional--and everything to do with a director ill-equipped for the material (everything is 'off' in this film) and a horrible cast. de palma and the screenwriter obviously decided they'd prefer to fit everything in the novel into a film, rather than streamlining it as was done in 'l.a. confidential'. the novel is nutso, but it's not laughable. this film is just that.