THE DEVIL&#8217;S MUSE
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
While a new movie about The Black Dahlia is being filmed, a copycat is out re-enacting the incidents surrounding one of Hollywood’s most famous unsolved murders.
Is it good movie?
Films about “The Black Dahlia” are hardly new; in fact there’ve been a couple made in the past two years, both pretty bad and certainly not interesting nor entertaining. This film decides to take a different angle altogether and make it a copycat killer re-creating what happened sixty years ago. Does this make it any better than the movies before it? Not really, but it’s not for a lack of effort.
The film gets most everything right. The thing that impressed me most was the direction. Director Abed keeps the camera moving and making sure the viewer is focused on what he wants us to see. The acting was decent but lead Kristen Kerr was easily the best of the bunch. I look forward to seeing more of her. The soundtrack to the film came with the DVD and for good reason, it was pretty damn good!
Unfortunately, all of these factors can’t overcome the lack of story and overall I felt bored throughout the movie. My interest would fade in and out depending on what was going on onscreen. This is a cardinal sin for any movie.
Video / Audio
Including the aforementioned soundtrack CD, there may be more to this than you think!
There is a message from director Ramzi Abed which is short and sincere.
There’s also a really great little feature, a conversation with Mary Pacios (childhood friend to the real Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short), which provides some great insight and context into this little cinematic venture.
A lame making of featurette is too short and offers nothing.
A brief live music session with the guys who did the soundtrack can be found as well, a neat addendum.
A few deleted scenes don’t really add much and would have only padded the runtime.
Finally, a few music videos and trailers.
I hate to shoot down a movie that had the makings of being great, but it’s hard to recommend a movie that I was yawning throughout.