Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Cinema: The Black Dahlia

I was bored senseless by the utterly redundant 'Black Dahlia', which is notable only for the piss poor acting on show. You expect this from Josh Hartnett, whose ability to express emotions of any kind is virtually nil, or Scarlett Johansson, almost beyond parody as the vampy Kay Lake, but Aaron Eckhart? And worse still our very own John Kavanagh and Fiona Shaw, who in her closing scenes, seemed to be aping Norma Desmond's final exit from Sunset Boulevard. As for Kavanagh, the improbable Scottish accent really did him no favours and got me thinking about how well he played Joxer Daly in Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey in the Gate back in the mid-80's, which also featured Donal McCann as the Paycock and was the first play I saw in the theatre. At least in Alexander, he was allowed keep his Irish accent.

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