I beg your pardon. I don't know who is Cole Porter but I think I recognise his music here and there. Very catchy and gay songs. Yup. A gay, not even a bisexual, but ironically his one and only love is a woman. Linda. It is indeed their love story.
There are many things in this movie which may it work like a charm. Cole Porter's music is easy to fall in love. The soundtrack should be a best seller with support from Diana Krall, Robbie Williams, Natalie Cole etc.
The art direction and set decoration are stunningly beautiful just like Ms Judd. She is such a beautiful and great actress that she deserves at least an Oscar nom. This could be her year! Please give her an Oscar nom.
Kevin Kline too! He is already very good and in this role, he has a couple of breakthrroughs. Not that he kisses a man, he did that in IN & OUT, but he portrayed Cole Porter's dual sexuality and personalities with such dexterity. He sings and plays the piano too.
Given the big stars, the grand looks of the sets and a biopic of a very much-respected musician, the film surprisingly is not ambitious to be Oscar-friendly. It is sincere in telling the touching relationship of Linda and Cole. The struggles and sacrifices they have to go through in their marriage. Linda has to bear with the fact that her husband is sleeping around with other men. But she loves his talents and so she loves him as a whole and doesn't want to change him. Cole in turn is touched by Linda when she pulls him through rough times in his career and of course the dreadful accident that has his legs crushed by a horse. When she dies eventually, Cole is as good as a living corpse.
The ending is very sad. Cole is back at the piano from the first scene and Linda appears to sit with him while he plays and sings. Just like the good old days.
Some people in the cinema applauded when the final scene faded out. The warmth from Cole Porter's songs and the bittersweet romance still linger on...
Expected Rating: B
Cole Porter (Kevin Kline): Thank you. I'm never quite sure if they get the joke, especially when it's on them.
Linda Lee Thomas (Ashley Judd): You should learn to trust your audience.
Cole Porter (Kevin Kline): I trust it. I just wish I could expand it.
It's been a while since I've seen a modern Holywood musical (and in this case accidentally) and not of the token "high-School-Musical" variety either (I haven't seen any of those nor will I), but this turned out to a bit of a musical but not too much dancing. It was cute, the attempt was sincere, albeit short of the goal, but it still turned out pretty cool. The soundtrack was killer, of course, the story was sound and the actors played their parts very well, kudos to Mr. Kline (who played the lead, Cole Porter) and Jonathan Pryce who played Gabe (I love him!). Overall, the film was truly entertaining and the story was genuinely interesting. I really liked it.