Went to MGM tonight to see a screening of De-Lovely, a film based on the life of Cole Porter. It was a very well done film, theatrically staged, with the Angel of Death (Jonathan Pryce) taking Porter (Kevin Kline) on a trip down memory lane, showing us his life and complicated relationship with wife Linda through his own songs. The story is pretty interesting, but not as interesting as the way the songs are presented – they’re all sung on screen, and by some rather impressive guest performers. Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Robbie Williams, Natalie Cole, and others all show up on screen. It’s pretty cool!
There was some great use of lighting, camera work, sound, and very subtle use of visual effects that enhanced some segments. I hadn’t been aware of some of the aspects of Porter’s life portrayed in the film, but I’m guessing that Gangs of New York writer Jay Cocks did his research when writing the screenplay. Directed by Life as a House director Irvin Winkler, the pacing was good, and the film runs a solid 2 hours long. It’s opening at the end of June, and is the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival – so check it out!