May 07, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Sinatra: The Best Is Yet to Come

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
Producer
Tina Sinatra
genre
Documentary
We gave it a C-

Sinatra: The Best Is Yet To Come, a puffy hagiography of Ol’ Blue Eyes executive-produced by Sinatra’s daughter Tina, is long on gushing testimonials (from Gene Kelly, Sophia Loren, Gregory Peck…) and short on insight into its subject’s endlessly complex character (the most interesting revelation is an offhand remark by Sinatra about the pot smokers on bandleader Harry James’ tour bus). There are some poignant scenes of our man at home, playing with puppies and showing off his paintings, and plenty of footage from latter-period concerts where Sinatra’s legendary cool seems distressingly freeze-dried. The only time things truly come to life is in a 1984 recording session where Sinatra sings ”Mack the Knife” (complete with droll new lyrics) atop a raging, Quincy Jones-assembled big band. On the whole, though, Best is a ring-a-ding snooze. C-

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