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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What were they trying to do?

    I've been avoiding writing a review of this film, but it must be done. In a phrase, what were they trying to do here? We were told from the trailers and the pre-release reviews that the movie (originally dubbed 'Just One of Those Things') would indeed reveal the bi-sexual aspect of Cole Porter's private life. Ok- no problem, but ultimately what was the character of this movie? Was it supposed to be a musical or a fanatasy or a drama or what? To begin, having Kevin Klein (Porter) looking in upon his life's events from heaven(?) was a needless and distracting device- fantasy. Presumably providing dreamlike, ethereal quality, it added nothing to the film except confusion. Secondly, the segues (if we can call them that) between scenes and/or points in Porter's life defied any sense of context. The viewer is pulled from one time and location to another, almost without reference (the post-life Porter actually could have assisted here by narrating- but for that purpose he was not utilized?!!)-drama? Then, in what was, of course, expected, there was plenty of playing and singing of Porter's compositions. Sadly, though, the songs were often relegated to the background (of the on-again, off-again sexual twists)when they should have been the focus of a scene- musical? Much can be said pro and con about having contemporary stars interpreting 'tween the wars classics, but I think the 'Moulin-Rouge' approach was a real detriment. I like a number of the performers, especially Lara Fabian, Robin Williams, and Natalie Cole, all of whom have proved their worth on period pieces before, but that approach didn't work very well here, particularly when the songs, as I said, were often an afterthought in the scenes. An exception was the finale, but that unfortunately was more reminiscent of a George M. Cohan review than a homage to a great song writer. Indeed, little attention is actually paid to explaining the composer's genius; instead we are constantly reminded, though judgement is reserved, of his male and female affairs. Altogether, this was a mess. Criticism can certainly be aimed at the original Cole Porter movie with Cary Grant for not being historical(sexually)accurate or being too melodramatic, but it sure beat the heck out of this. Despite valiant efforts from Klein and Ashley Judd (who played the female love interest), there's not much here to praise. The direction, editing and script were simply horrid. And- what was the concept?? My advice: Save your money.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEAUTIFULLY MADE MOVIE - GREAT MUSIC!

    HAVE SEEN IT 3 TIMES AND I JUST ORDERED THE DVD. BEAUTIFULLY DONE! IT IS NOT A REMAKE OF NIGHT AND DAY (COLE PORTERS BIOGRAPHY)WHICH I HAD LIKED WHEN I SAW IT BY CARY GRANT, BUT A MORE TRUTHFUL AND ROMANTIC VIEW OF WHAT COLE WAS REALLY LIKE AND HIS INCREDIBLE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS WIFE. HAD ME IN TEARS! GOT THE MUSIC CD AND HAVE NOT STOP PLAYING IT. WONDERFUL MUSIC,ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT NOT APPEAL TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION WITH NO APPRECIATION FOR GOOD MUSIC AND GREAT LYRICS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorites

    This is one of my favorite movies. The music is great, and so are the actors. Is anyone old enough to remember the movie with Cary Grant? I laugh when I compare the two. "De-Lovely" is very well done and leaves me a bit teary at the end every time I watch it. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    De-Best!

    This is an exceptional movie from beginning to end. Kevin Kline does a superb job of portraying the complex musical genius of Cole Porter and Ashley Judd is very convincing as Porter's wife & Muse, Linda. Great chemistry between them. I loved the flashback technique & found it added depth to the biography. I thought the bisexuality of Porter was handled with delicacy & a bit of humor. And, of course, this is all about Cole Porter's beautiful music with meaningful lyrics that live on today & will for generations to come.
    I purchased the DVD shortly after seeing the movie back in 2004 & watch it often. I highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a movie with substance & can appreciate the incredible music from one of our great songwriters.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Cole Porter is one of a kind

    Love the story and the music. The actors did great!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't bother

    One of the most boring movies I've watched. Don't waste your time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Than Beyond the Sea!

    I liked this movie, I thought it was good and I liked the singing and dancing as well as the dramtic scenes. Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd were both great. Personally I liked this movie more than the movie Beyond the Sea which to me seemed to unoriginally copy the idea of using dramatic scenes along with a musical singing and dancing fantasy sequence format that was done in De-Lovely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    somewhat disappointing

    Although the music and acting was superb, the movie as a whole was somewhat trite and dull.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 17, 2008

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