MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#29 of 47) – L.A. Confidential (1997) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #29 of the 47.

Let’s continue with… L.A. Confidential (1997

Initial Viewing Memories – This was a highly anticipated film when it came out and is such a fun, clever and thrilling noir-esque film that works on so many levels and really broke the mold for these kind of films in the 90’s.

“Don’t start tryin’ to do the right thing, boy-o. You haven’t the practice. ” – Captain Dudley Smith

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’97, cable, video, DVD, 24 Feb 2016 and 16 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Three detectives all try and solve a mystery that involves high priced prostitutes, heroin, a few murders and a mysterious figure trying to take over the work of a deceased gangster.

My Take on it – Great mystery that works so well.

They are able to take the noir genre and create something really intriguing that plays out so well.

The story is multi-layered and it is filled with lots of really enjoyable twists and turns along the way that hep enhance things more and more as things move forward.

The cats is superb and the three leads all works so well off one another due to the way that their characters are so diverse yet compliment one another the whole time.

Russell Crowe, Guy Pierce and Kevin Spacey all prove how great they are as actors with these roles.

The supporting cast is also superb and help keep things compelling throughout.

Kim Bassinger, Jame Cromwell, David Strathairn and Danny Devito all add so much to this story with the way that the characters add so much flavor to this story.

Bassinger won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film.

The music plays such an important role in the story and helps keep things flowing throughout while also adding so much to the ambiance of the plot as things are slowly revealed.

Love the way that the story and plot seem to go in so many directions which seem extraneous yet they manage to find a way to tie it all in together quite well.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Curtis Hanson did not want the film to be overly nostalgic, so he had cinematographer Dante Spinotti shoot it like a contemporary film, and use more naturalistic lighting than in a classic film noir. He told Spinotti and the film’s production designer Jeannine Oppewall to pay great attention to period detail, but to then “put it all in the background”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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2 thoughts on “MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#29 of 47) – L.A. Confidential (1997) – Encore Review 2

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1997 | MovieRob

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