This film was originally titled, 'Truth, Justice and The American Way' but it's really about the Hollywood way, then and now. 'Hollywoodland' features a very strong performance from Ben Affleck, and great work from Adrien Brody, Diane Lane and Bob Hoskins. Brody plays a variation of Hoskins' Eddie Valiant in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' and Hoskins plays a real-life character, Eddie Mannix. Diane Lane as his wife is divine. Also very good in smaller roles are Molly Parker from Deadwood and a good guy, Dash Mihok as a LAPD Detective. He and Brody were both featured in 'The Thin Red Line' a few years back. The costumes (glorious dresses, casuals, suits and tuxes) of the era are perfect, as is much of the production design and locations.
It's always fun to see the bygone glamour era of Hollywood's past from Ciro's, The Ambassador Hotel and such. (BTW drove by the Ambassador today, all that remains is the parking entrance signage and the frame of the main building, it looks like a huge skull in a vast dirt lot. So, so sad.)
The story is a still intriguing mystery, the film offers some insight into some clues and possible answers. See it and decide for yourself.