Fifth about The Seventh

Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra: this film tells its story by-the-numbers, conventionally. The consequences of this choice are two-fold: by one hand, it humanizes the characters as they are showed respectfully; however, the flip side of stripping the story of elements that make it distinct also begets a less interesting experience in general. Nevertheless, the story is told well and tastefully; visually, the camera work is sleek but the colors are a bit off putting (this has been haunting Steven Soderbergh’s films of late). Michael Douglas is marvelous, creating a rich characterization that could be but is not caricatural; Matt Damon is a somewhat miscast, as his natural air of intelligence doesn’t fit the character he is playing. It’s a pity that this film won’t reach the silver screen in the US; it belongs there despite its shortcomings.

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