The movie simmers with pungent suspense, humor and eroticism, so go figure why Franklin lowers the flame on Easy's relationship with the mysterious Daphne. Though Beals looks the femme fatale in her slinky blue dress, Franklin limits her chances to cut deeper. He also limits the book's torrid sex (in a bathtub, Daphne washes between Easy's toes and scrubs his erection) to an occasional hot look that fails to get at Easy's need to lose himself in her pale beauty. An odd choice for a film that hinges on questions of identity. Still, the damage is minor. Devil in a Blue Dress is smashingly effective at bringing the past alive as entertainment and pointed social history. Mosley has written three other novels ( A Red Death, White Butterfly and Black Betty ) that track Easy Rawlins into the '60s. You exit Devil eager to see Washington and Franklin take them all on.
Devil in a Blue Dress has 14,396 ratings and 900 reviews. Dan said: When a jobless World War II vet named Easy Rawlins is hired to find a woman, he finds...
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