Hollywoodland (2006)


“[looks at himself in the mirror after putting on Superman costume for the first time] I look like a damned fool! ” – George Reeves

Number of Times Seen – Twice (27 Jan 2007 and 16 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A private detective looks into the mysterious death of an actor who played the part of Superman on TV and was found dead in his house during a party.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after in came out and was fascinated by what they try to show.

Upon rewatching it, I believe I enjoyed it even more especially since they do a wonderful job diving right into the complex story of one of the most famous Hollywood unsolved cases that still baffles people nearly 60 years later.

The cast is superb with Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane and Bob Hoskins all giving great performances that help shed s much light on things.

Love the way that this film is willing to offer various scenarios to try and explain that things are not as clear cut as some might believe.

There is so much for the viewer to ponder for a while after the credits roll which also adds so much to the mystery of it all by raising many unanswered questions about the events portrayed and the actions of those involved with things.

This film does a superb job showing how Hollywood of the 1950’s was run, warts and all, which helps the viewer clearly understand that the sanitized version of life in the 1950’s shown on TV and in the movies are much more complex when looking at real life since it apparently wasn’t very different from life today.

Bottom Line – Great film that tries to dive into one of the most famous Hollywood unsolved cases to shed light on things. The cast is superb with Brody, Affleck, Lane and Hoskins giving great performances.  Love the way that the provide numerous scenarios in the attempt to try and show that things aren’t as clear cut as one might think.  This film gives so much for the viewer to ponder long after watching it because it raises many questions about the actions of so many people involved with this particular case.  They do a superb job of showing Hollywood, warts and all of the the 1950’s which helps the viewer understand that the sanitized version of those years that are shown on TV and films of the era were much more complex in real life. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was originally entitled Truth, Justice, and the American Way (after Superman’s famous catchphrase). However, DC Comics (which owns the rights to the Superman character) refused to allow that. It also did not allow the Superman “S” insignia to be used in any of the trailers or promotional material of the film, but oddly enough, allowed it to be in the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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