Film Review: L.A. Confidential

December 2, 2012

Film | by James Joseph


The first thing that strikes you about L.A. Confidential is the starring cast. Danny Devito, Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Kim Bassinger. It certainly is a coming together of talent which creates a simply outstanding neo noir film.

The ability to become immersed within neo noir is so easy and enjoyable with this film, the acting, story and aesthetic are beautifully presented.If you are new to the film noir genre, especially neo-noir, this is the film that you should start with.

The film is based on the 1990 novel of the same title by James Ellroy. It is a story of corruption and greed in a 1950s Los Angeles. The struggle between people and life is ever present, and how people that haven’t even met yet, can become so intertwined with each others future.

The director Curtis Hanson, decided he wanted to film to be modern and not nostalgic, so the film was created using more naturalistic cinematography and lighting, instead of film noir styles such as Chiaroscuro.

The L.A. Confidential film was nominated for nine academy awards, winning two.

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