Kevin Spacey takes on one big job as director,
star, producer, and co-writer, with his longtime ambition of
bringing the life of 1950s and 60s music icon Bobby Darin to
The whole movie just knocked me out--I
loved everything about it.
When Bobby Darin came out with "Mack
the Knife," I thought, here's a guy to be taken seriously.
For myself, the music accounts for two-thirds
of this movie's charm. I just love those big band sounds: they
made my scissors go up.
Kevin Spacey's vanity project at least
fits within his vocal range, and if this movie were an opera,
everything would be fine.
Unfortunately he also had to direct, and
that's where things begin to fall apart.
Too old for the role, and not sympathetic
enough to his character's eccentricities, Spacey turns Bobby
Darin's life into a cheap melodrama, saving it only with splashy
Then again, maybe it is only about the
Beyond the Sea
is a good look at the short life of 1960s crooner, Bobby Darin,
who died at 37.
Actor Kevin Spacey takes on a big role
as director, co-writer, and star, which is clearly a labor of
Pop singer Bobby Darin is one of Spacey's
idols, and the movie has long been a dream project for the star.
The musical numbers are great, with Spacey
actually doing the singing and dancing.