Impeccable craftsmanship combined with standout performances from the leads. As much as I love Soderbergh's observational aesthetic, he's perhaps too dry, too distant for this type of material. You wonder what a filmmaker more prone to melodrama might've made of this. While it does well to show the seamier side of celebrity & the machinations of an abusive relationship, it needed the punch of someone like Fassbinder.
Damon and Douglas totally nailed it at their performances, though I felt a lack of chemistry between both. Rob Lowe gave his best acting since... forever. Liberace's life feels like an entertaining rollercoaster, but some truly dramatic moments would have been nice.
Coherent compaction of all you could possibly wish to know about life in the glittering closet. Douglas and Damon turn in trump-card performances in a solidly realised and densely detailed film. I don't know if television is a wasted opportunity, but this certainly had the better treatment here in Europe with a small cinematic release.
As with a lot of Soderbergh lately; its alright. Everything is professionally executed, from the cinematography, to the acting to the sets and so on. Still the whole feels sterile and relatively lifeless. There's no sense that Soderbergh was able to find more than the tawdry and sensational with only the shallowest shades of complexity. It's hard to believe that this was all there was to Liberace and Thorson.
Regardless of the intermittent creepiness of the masterful performances (especially from Douglas, Damon and especially Lowe), Behind the Candelabra is captivating. The direction and set design are superb and the last act felt like a gay and gaudy corresponding act of Boogie Nights. This seriously should've been a theatrical release.
Soderbergh is really hit or miss for me. However I really liked this one a lot. Incredible performances, especially Douglas who seemed so completely immersed in the role. Liberace was definitely an odd and fascinating man. The last third isn't as engaging as the first two but this is made up for by the fact that the ending scene is so incredibly moving. Overall I'd say it was a very good movie with some great acting.
When I first heard Michael Douglas was going to play Liberace and Matt Damon is lover, I was highly skeptical. Thankfully I was proved wrong! Great performances all around. Also, Rob Lowe's face was awesome.