Review: The Black Dahlia

“The Black Dahlia”
Run time: 2:01

This will be two reviews: one for the movie itself and one for the theater in LA where we saw it, The Arclight.

The movie is very loosely based on the famous unsolved Black Dahlia case. It’s a movie with 4 leads and what seems multiple storylines, but none of them seem to be the Dahlia case itself. Being a work of fiction, the murder does get solved, but when it’s solved you’re left wondering where the hell you where when that plot point arose. Scarlett Johansenn was horrible. She goes for the breathy, 40’s era starlett performance but sounds like she’s missing her asthma inhaler. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Mia Kirshner is incredible (and very sexy) as The Dahlia, but the movie left me wanting to see more of her story.

Rating: 1 out of 5

The Arclight Theater is top notch. Every seat is reserved and each theater is staffed with ushers to make sure cell phones are off, you can find your seat, or keep people from coming in after the movie starts. It has a restaurant and reasonably sized gift shop that held our attention for a good 40 minutes before the show. The staff was freindly, the theater was spotless, the seats were ultra-comfortable and the popcorn had real butter. But “The Black Dahlia” still sucked.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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