Decided not to post in this thread, in which people are talking about their plans to see it, lest anyone want to post spoilers here. I’m not entirely sure what spoilers would consist of – I think everyone is aware that there were physical problems in the latter part of his life? – but I like being able to see a movie without a whole lot of preconceptions or expectations. I’m notorious for not reading reviews until after I’ve seen the film – or deciding that I’m not going to. For me, coming home and checking out Ebert is part of the experience.
Anyway, this thread is for people who have actually seen the movie – as I did tonight.
I liked it very much – didn’t love it, but liked it very much. I’m not sure I’m going to need to buy it when it comes out on DVD, though I can’t rule it out. I hadn’t heard about the framing premise they used, so that came as a pleasant surprise – I thought the whole theatrical conceit worked pretty well. Kevin Kline was excellent, as he always is – Ashley Judd was good, but way too young for the role. I was meditating the whole time on Eve’s proposed casting of Nathan Lane and Christine Baranski – at some level it would have worked, but I think the unironic way that the story was presented was actually quite lovely.
I did start crying during “So in Love” – damn, it was as though I’d never heard the lyrics before. (“So taunt me and hurt me,/Deceive me, desert me,/I’m yours 'til I die,/So in love,/So in love,/So in love with you, my love, am I.”) Yeah, I was a little surprised, too.
Elvis Costello could have calmed down a little. Natalie Cole was better than I expected. The woman who played Louis B. Mayer’s … wife? gf? … was good. Loved the whole Louis B. production number. Liked the way they handled the whole section around “Night and Day,” which is, of course, my favorite Cole Porter tune.
The art direction was excellent, as was the costuming. I love that whole Art Deco thing, and was definitely sitting there thinking “rich was what to be during the Great Depression.”
Umm, that’s it for off the top of my head.
Has anyone else seen it? Dex, any additional commentary that you wanted to add?