Earlier this year, Brandon Routh became a star, stepping into Christopher Reeve's shoes to re-start the Man of Steel franchise in Superman Returns.
But this week, Ben Affleck won the Best Actor award (yes, I'm serious) at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in a Superman cape. Affleck is winning raves for dramatizing the life of television actor George Reeves, who became famous playing TV's Man of Steel, and whose death from gunshot wounds might … might … have been suicide.
Exploring one of Tinseltown's most notorious unsolved murder cases, Hollywoodland is a semi-historical, noir-ish mystery from Allen Coulter, who has directed episodes of "Rome," "The Sopranos," and "Sex in the City." The film stars Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, King Kong) as a befuddled detective, Robin Tunney as Reeves' fiancé e, Diane Lane as the woman who became obsessed with Reeves, and Bob Hoskins as her jealous husband, an MGM studio executive.
"I suspect many viewers will simply regard Hollywoodland as a lot of yelling, drunken anger, and adulterous relationships that don't amount to much in the end," writes Russ Breimeier (Christianity Today Movies). "After all, there is only speculation as to whether Reeves' death was suicide or murder. … Hollywoodland is nevertheless well made and boasts some strong performances."
Harry Forbes (Catholic News Service) says that, due to "sleazy ambience," this movie is "definitely not one for the kids—and … possibly not for some adults either." He explains that the movie "may be of interest to fans of the Superman series and those intrigued by Hollywood lore, but there are no conclusive answers."
Bob Smithouser (Plugged In) is impressed with some aspects ...1
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