De-Lovely

Tonight’s entertainment included the Cole Porter biopic, De-Lovely, starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd. The picture is infused completely with Porter’s music, including performances by Kevin Kline and a host of modern pop and jazz stars, singing the songs that made Cole Porter a household name during the golden age of jazz.

The cast was well-chosen and performed admirably realistically. The musical numbers were never overbearing, although, like the critics, I thought some of the performances of some of today’s big stars (particularly those of Alanis Morissette and Elvis Costello) were particularly aggravating. The story covers Cole Porter’s homosexuality and tensions with his wife in depth, while spanning his entire career and the relations he had with his friends, lover, and wife. The cinematography and costumes were beautiful.

Toward the end of the picture, we notice the movie getting more and more melancholy as Cole Porter ages. The tension increases and Porter’s life becomes increasingly unbearable. Many of the scenes seem overly upbeat, but it’s all about a composer famous for Broadway musicals and musical movies. A solid biopic, I really savored this movie (yes, I’m a Cole Porter fan).

My grade: B.

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