In some ways this is a fairly standard kind of biopic from Steven Soderbergh, but it is elevated by the fact that a) it's about Liberace and b) it has a fantastic lead performance from Michael Douglas, and very good turns from Matt Damon, Rob Lowe, and others. Odd, entertaining, and surprisingly touching on a couple of occasions.
Given that the public image of Liberace was a kind of joke as far as I'm concerned. This film was surprising, mainly because it's more a love story than a biopic. I found Matt Damon's character really touching and his performance brilliant as always. As for Rob Lowe, he is truly the most hideous character I've seen in film for a long time. Amazing, given how classically 'handsome' he is !
An excellent and really fun watch. Very clear it is based on Scott Thorson's book. We feel Scott's frustration especially by clever repeated scenes mirroring Billy Leatherwood, representing past lovers. But no insight into Liberace's rationale (except obvious assumptions we can make) of why Scott was most favoured. I'd love to see this through the eyes of Liberace's black maid, then we'll be behind the candelabra!
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.
Really frustrating characters, never really bought Scott's image of Liberace at the end. But it was sold well, as Soderbergh always does with each side of his characters. Completely unbiased and sympathetic direction, and the fantastic performances of course help.
Grandiosa messa in scena,costumi ed interni bellissimi,con Douglas e Damon davvero bravi.Ma il tutto"corre"troppo,rimane sempre superficiale e non riesce mai ad andare in profondità perchè tentenna sia sul lato pubblico che sul lato privato del personaggio.La storia intriga,ma poi dà risposte non soddisfacenti. Una buona pellicola,che forse in mano ad un altro poteva essere molto meglio.3*