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Ben Affleck is spot on in this film about the supposed suicide of George Reeves, who played Superman in the mid-1950's. As a kid, I was a fan of the show. The film raises the issue of whether George Reeves may have been murdered, rather than killing himself. Wonderful wardrobe, set decoration, and script. Interesting to see the rather primitive tricks of getting Superman to "fly". Diane Lane is excellent as the love interest of Reeves.
Hollywoodland is based on the story of George Reeves's death. It is an unsolved mystery and this film plays around it. Hollywoodland, a fictionalized account (it uses both apocryphal stories and confirmed events) of an investigation of the death, presents the three most common scenarios but, taking a page from Rashomon, it never settles on one. The film is balanced in its presentation of the evidence for and against suicide. Ultimately, however, Hollywoodland is only peripherally about the life and death of George Reeves. The film's real main character is a seedy P.I. who attacks the mystery and, by chasing Reeves' ghost, finds his own path to redemption. Reagrdless, it is a fascinating exercise
It starts off well and with an intriguing premise too, made doubly-so by it being based on real-life events. There's a good hour in there where there's some interesting stuff going on, including becoming familiar with both the characters (most of which have more to them than meets the eye) and the events surrounding Reeves' death, all set to a jazz soundtrack that lends the appropriate air of mystery to the film-noir tone. The problem is it becomes very apparent that there just isn't anywhere near enough content for a feature-length film and they have to fill the rest of the 2 hr running time with something -- what they fill it with is not only uninteresting, but seemingly completely irrelevant to the mystery at hand, meaning you spend too much time waiting to get back to what you came to watch in the first place.
I was bored outta my mind watching this flick.
The best ben affleck performance ever!!!
Slow paced but definitely intriguing and thought-provoking. Hollywoodland perfectly explores the death of one of Hollywood's beloved Television stars with a stand out performance from Ben Affleck
What a sad life and death. It's slow but well acted and written. It's an ok movie.
True Hollywood Noir. This one seems to slip between the cracks and wasn't on manys radar, solid film.
Interesting mystery/drama about the death of TV's Superman George Reeves.. Great cast.
Hollywoodland is drab and dismal. If it weren't for the impressive cast, this movie would feel like a student film that was trying a little too hard to be film noir. Ben Affleck's part of the story is interesting, but every time Adrian Brody came on the screen, I wanted to fall asleep. I really hope that George Reeves' life wasn't this miserable.