Soderbergh has made some curious but very good films of late and this ranks as a fave of the year so far for me. Michael Douglas, playing against type, is impressive as is Damon who should without doubt be awarded some sort of accolade come awards season(he has not hit these notes since Good Will Hunting). But its the script that wins over for me with its themes of loneliness, abandonment and fundamental urges (its trying to be a classic love story after all) coming to the forefront of what on the surface seems flamboyant, showy and enigmatic. With flashes of dark humour and the aforementioned performances, Behind the Candelabra is a heart felt and melancholic film that all too often strays away from being a bland 'lets throw in musical numbers every 5 minutes' bio pic to concentrate on something much more complex and meaningful. And all the better for that. Look out for Rob Lowe as a curious plastic surgeon, who may just win an award for 'most convincing Intoxicated with an illegal substance portrayal' award anytime soon.
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