By Suzanne A. Marshall from the December 2013 Edition
Starring: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd,
Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Studio: HBO Films
It’s not hard to love this movie.
As a young girl I remember seeing appearances of Liberace on the Ed Sullivan show and other TV venues. He was a wonderful musician, entertainer and quite a sweet character.
I found it amazing how Michael Douglas embraced the character of Liberace very much as I remembered him; his voice, the cadence of his speech, his movements and his flamboyance. The entire cast was amazing as was the entire production which won 11 of 15 Emmy nominations including Best Actor for Michael Douglas. Matt Damon and Scott Bakula were also nominated for their supporting roles.
I personally felt that Matt Damon was also a real winner in this one as well.
The plot of the movie takes us through a 10 year period in Liberace’s life when he has a gay relationship with
Scott Thorson who was later to write the book: Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace. The movie is quite sexually explicit so be prepared. But the story is very romantic, Liberace is played with humor and sensitivity and Matt Damon is really believable in his role as well.
The ratings on this movie are solidly between 8.2/10 and 9/10.
Suzanne A. Marshall hails from western Canada and has been living the good life in Manzanillo over the past 8 years. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She is retired from executive business management where her writing skills focused on bureaucratic policy, marketing and business newsletters. Now she shares the fun and joy of writing about everyday life experiences in beautiful Manzanillo, Mexico, the country, its people, the places and the events.