Sunday, June 09, 2013

Review of 'Behind the Candelabra'

Sad, gritty, depressing film about Liberace's young lover. No positive depiction of relationships between gay men as based on love and respect; just damaged people exploiting each other and adding to the damage. Liberace is implausibly in the closet (did anyone not know he was gay? Really?), and following plastic surgery on himself, insists that the young Scott also has facial surgery to make him look more like Liberace himself. Surely anyone who doesn't walk at this point is damaged beyond words, and probably beyond repair.

But Scott goes through with the surgery and spends the rest of the film with strangely shiny cheekbones. Guess Matt Damon (actually quite good in this film) didn't want to actually have surgery, and popping speed to stay slim (the California diet, apparently).

Michael Douglas good as Liberace (did he give interview about getting throat cancer from so much cunnilingus to re-assert his heterosexuality in the aftermath of a credible performance as a gay man?). But the film is not enjoyable to watch. On the positive side, it's nice to be reminded that some things do change for the better.

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