|Reviewed on 2004-07-29|
|Received||[3.5] out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Drama / Music / Musical / Romance|
| Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd are inspiring in the story of Cole Porter. This musical biography is chock full of great Cole Porter songs and lavish production numbers that will have you tapping your feet.
It begins in 1964 when we meet an aged Porter who is paid a visit by Gabe (Jonathan Pryce) who takes Cole back through his life much like the ghost of Christmas Past. We meet a young Cole in Paris where he hooks up with Linda Thomas (Ashley Judd), a divorcee who is his ideal woman. She helps transform him from playing for friends at parties into the professional arena.
His career goes through the roof, first on Broadway and later in Hollywood. We often see Cole sitting at the Piano composing songs such as "I Love Paris," and "What Is This Thing Called Love".
The two breeze through life with a carefree spirit. Kline captures Porter's charm.
A number of pop stars are available to perform some of Porter's music. Elvis Costello does "Lets Misbehave." Natalie Cole croons "Every Time We Say Goodbye." Alanis Morissette performs "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love," One of my favorites is Sheryl Crow doing "Begin the Beguine".
All in all this is a great movie with plenty of beautiful production numbers to keep you happy. In short a real winner.