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Beyond The Sea Review


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Three major Hollywood studios have released musical biopics within a six-month time frame. If nothing else, Tinsletown's newfound obsession with influential musicians demonstrates that studios are as attracted to good ideas as flies are to animal droppings. I can imagine executives chattering in their cluttered offices, scrambling to claim ideas before their competitors. "Hey, Universal is making a Ray Charles movie," they might say. "That's a really good idea. Quick, lets do the same thing with another famous musician."

While neither Ray nor De-Lovely are comparable to animal droppings (how could they be with Taylor Hackford and Irwin Winkler directing), a third helping of musical biopic ihas become somewhat indigestible. I can indulge in a biography of Ray Charles; I can stomach an exploration of Cole Porter; but after Beyond the Sea's portrayal of yet another famous musician, I need some Tums. That's not to say the film lacks artistic merit, it's just the victim of bad timing. This time, Bobby Darin (Kevin Spacey) is the musician in focus. He lived a successful -- albeit complicated -- life as a singer and actor until his death at the age 37... pretty decent considering he had a heart condition that was predicted to kill him as a teenager.

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