|I guess what I liked
best about the movie, besides the Sinatra songs, is that it was just
so much damned fun to live in those days again for a couple of hours.
The movie did a decent job of showing what it was like to be hung up
in the ring-a-ding, koo-koo life of the guys who had "the world
on a string" for a couple of decades. In that heady time when the
50's ended and the 60's began, these guys played about 23 hours a day.
They made Ocean's 11 in Las Vegas during the day, then they performed
in the Sands at night, helped Kennedy get elected in their spare time,
while drinking, golfing and getting laid every chance they got. The
film just sort of draws you in and lets you party with them a little.
Partying with Sinatra and JFK can be a lot of fun. It's music, it's
laughter, it's dazzling dames.
isn't a highly structured film, but more of a romanticized
docudrama. Forget the deep insights. There aren't any. As Dino
said, "you can't share your deepest intimate feelings when you
don't have any". The film did make an effort to show Sammy's inner
conflict between his own sense of self-worth and the second class
citizenship he was accorded by his country and even his buddies, but it
was a clumsy attempt to be serious, like a drunken guy telling you how
much he loves you, and frankly it provided some of the slowest moments
in the movie, despite a tour-de-force performance from Don Cheadle. Some
of Sammy's songs were sung by a double, but Cheadle did his share of
singing and dancing as well.
||Most of the cast was dynamite, and Ray
Liotta was OK. I really like Liotta, but Ray is just so different from Sinatra physically, and
his speaking voice is so different, that he seemed to be playing Ray Liotta instead of Sinatra. I found that distracting at first, but
Liotta delivered such a consistent characterization that eventually I
about the fact that it isn't that much like Sinatra, especially
because the singing is done so well. The rest of the guys were spot on, cast perfectly
from role to role, so you'll marvel again at Dino's centered calm,
Sammy's dazzling talent, Frank's complex and godlike power, JFK's
charisma, and Frank's incomparable phrasing of a song ... even when
it's actually sung by Michael Dees.
- With their
dollars ... made for HBO
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+. Good mini-bio, not because it's
a good movie, but simply because it
accurately recreates some of the funniest, most musical, most
moments of funny, musical, interesting guys. One of the best
made-for-cable movies ever made.