My first Blindspot entry for 2019 is LA Confidential, a movie I’ve heard everyone rave about and that I know won Oscars. Before watching it, I only associated this movie with an image of a sultry Kim Bassinger, and nothing else.
One of the most notable things about it is that “LA confidential” is a cop movie with a stellar cast. A young, bully-type Russel Crowe. An extremely smart and determined Guy Pearce (those cheekbones, man, those cheekbones). A sly, almost sleazy Kevin Spacey. An equally sleazy Danny de Vito. Young, fresh Simon Baker. And, of course, the gorgeous Kim Bassinger, who actually won an Oscar for her portrayal of Veronica Lake lookalike hooker. (I’m gonna be mean here and say she looked at least 30, if not 35, in this movie, and I wonder how old was she really and what she looks like today)
I liked the movie; I thought the story was strong and well built, especially the murder / conspiracy part (got a best Best Screenplay Oscar because of it). But to be honest, I feel like this movie would have been a TV show, at the most, in 2019. This would have not won Oscars in our days. But then again, there were different film standards back then….different acting, too. Actually, watching the ending, it reminded me of The Departed, and that got a lot of Oscars, including Best Picture, so I guess it would work today, too. Who knows?
Still, overall, I enjoyed “LA Confidential”. It’s not going into my list of Best Movies I Have Ever Seen, but it’s a good one, I’ll give it that.