The Black Dahlia (2006)

DailyView: Day 201, Movie 286

Sick day. So I am able to lounge around on the couch and try to feel better. Unfortunately, the film I chose to help that along was The Black Dalhia.

The Black Dahlia is a 2006 film noir centered around the infamous murder case of Elizabeth Short in the 1940s. Former boxers Dwight “Bucky” Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) are now policemen who wind up assigned to the Dahlia case. Lee becomes obsessed with the case, to the fear of his girlfriend Kay Lake (Scarlett Johansson), while Bucky becomes involved with Madeleine Linscott (Hilary Swank), who has a tie to the victim.

The film has a definite feel of a 1940s noir, and looks great. However, the story itself is needlessly confusing and tosses away some great actors in some miscast roles. I am still not 100% sure what Scarlett Johansson was doing in this movie.

The Black Dahlia started with a whole different storyline that felt very foreign to what the plot of the film was. Character motivations were inconsistent and confused at best and totally nonsensical at the worst.

Who knew one of the most sensational murders of the 20th century could turn out a film this boring?

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