Larry Blumenfeld
December 03, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Beyond the Sea

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
118 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/10/04
performer
Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins
director
Kevin Spacey
Producer
Kevin Spacey
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Paul Attanasio
genre
Biography, musical

We gave it a B+

On record, with no chance to use facial expressions or his body, Kevin Spacey still manages to get across Bobby Darin’s loose-limbed grace and powerful allure. The actor’s singing is more than adequate on this soundtrack from the legendary crooner’s biopic Beyond the Sea, and he nails the details: Darin’s jam-packed delivery on such up-tempo numbers as ”Hello Young Lovers,” his blithe swing on hits like ”Splish Splash.” Backed by John Wilson’s 73-piece orchestra, his ordinary voice delivers an extraordinary performance.

 

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