Devil in a Blue Dress

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  • Summary: Denzel Washington stars as Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a decorated war hero who returns home to the segregation of post-war America. Forced to accept an under-the-table job finding a missing socialite, Easy is caught between the white power elite and the vibrant black community of CentralDenzel Washington stars as Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a decorated war hero who returns home to the segregation of post-war America. Forced to accept an under-the-table job finding a missing socialite, Easy is caught between the white power elite and the vibrant black community of Central Avenue. And as soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse (Cheadle) find the mysterious Daphne Monet (Beals), trouble follows. (Sony) Expand

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
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  1. 100
    It's the film's glowing visual qualities, a striking performance by Denzel Washington and the elegant control Carl Franklin has over it all that create the most exotic crime entertainment of the season.
  2. Director Carl Franklin, who also adapted the screenplay from Walter Mosley's prize-winning novel, isn't particularly concerned with the machinations of mystery plots. Nor is he seduced by the temptations of noir visual style (although Tak Fujimoto's camera work is plenty stylish).
  3. Franklin's picture is effortlessly wise beneath its entertaining surface.
  4. Washington, no surprise, is terrific, his sensitivity offset with touches of knowing, self-deprecating humor.
  5. 75
    The movie is entertaining on its own terms, and Washington's warmth at the center of it is like our own bemusement, as together we return to the shadows of noir.
  6. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    What stays with you finally is not the mystery's byzantine twists and turns, which are fun but don't resonate very deeply. It's the time, the place, the palpable feel of community. [2 Oct 1995, p.85]
  7. The story soon lapses into familiar private-eye formulas, though, and the characters aren't interesting enough to hold much attention on their own.

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