After years of seeing virtually everything on its release date, or close to it, we've stayed away from movies for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the quality of the offerings produced and the venue experience.
Yesterday, however, as I'm a James Ellroy fan, we ventured out to see The Black Dahlia, notwithstanding the remarkably mediocre reviews, which I read but to which I pay little attention, and which are fast becoming superfluous.
That said, the first pass at this review was ill-taken, as according to a Blogcritics editor, "I understand that you might want to be dismissive, but the reader looking for an article about the film will be looking for a bit more. For example, you say you're a James Ellroy fan: what did you think of his performance? Was it the director who got it wrong, or the writer or the actors?"
In my neverending effort to please editors, I should point out that James Ellroy was not in this film. With regard to the director, I'm not certain whether he "got it wrong." I'm fairly certain that he picked up an additional paycheck for inserting himself into the film as a director, which mitigates toward the primary challenge facing Hollywood these days: financial control.
Whether or not the writer "got it wrong" is another issue. Certainly Ellroy did not in his original work, The Black Dahlia. On the other hand, whether or not the movie's writer, Josh Friedman "got it wrong" in my view depends on whether or not one's read the novel. From my experience, screenwriters rarely are true to novels. After all, compressing 350 or so pages from a book into about 125 pages of script, precious little of which is narrative, leaves much to be desired, especially if the viewer was also a reader. About the only film I recall that was wholly true to that from which it was derived was The Confessions of Felix Krull.