Sunday, January 09, 2005

De-lovely

I finally saw the movie De-lovely, about Cole Prter's life. I really enjoyed it, though is seems that in general it recieved very mixed reviews by the crtitics. The story itself was framed in an interesting manner - a theatre production in which the director was the arch angel Gabriel, leading Cole through his life. A bit like the ghost of Christmas past, but i liked it. Particulrly comments like you can't begin or end a musical with a ballad. And the music, well i am a fan of both musicals n=in gneral and Cole Porter in particular, so of course you are going to get two thumbs up from me. There were something like 30 songs. Many of these were sung by modern day pop sensations like Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello and two home grown favs - Alanis Morrisette and Diana Krall. From what i understand this did not always go down well with audiences: the younger generation wanted to hear their idols the way they are used to hearing them and purists didn't like some of the new arrangements. I admit that i didn't like all the arrangements, but often they were arranged in such a way as to fit with the mood of a scene, and to this end they were rather successful.

On the down side, i found the movie to be about 15 minutes too long,l but i find that about most movies. Oh yeah, and before i forget, the acting was wonderful, especially by Kevin Klein and Ashley Judd.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who watched De-Lovely in the company of your trusty blogger PhDiva I can say that I want to fall on the side of the purists, however not entirely. Alanis didn't do it for me, I don't like her warbly voice. And some of the others did tehir version of what a jazz singer would sing and two of them (Diana Krall and Natalie Cole) are jazz singers and they sounded like it. I most enjoyed seeing Elvis Costello, Robbie Williams and Mick Hucknall sing Cole Porter. They put their own flair into it, while staying true to the song. But I guess this is why jazz standards are so great, they can be sung over and over and always elicit a different feeling and response.

-The Brain (I used to get mentioned alot but not as much lately)

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