Normally a new biopic of a long dead flamboyant entertainer would be dismissed as just another excuse for a cheesy, glossy delve into the past with little in the way of substance. Not in this case. There are more than a few reasons to sit up and take notice of Behind the Candelabra. This is reportedly the last film from Steven Soderbergh before he ‘quits’ the movie business. That aside any project with his name attached is always of interest.
The film is based on the autobiography of Scott Thorson who lived and worked with Liberace for five years during his late Las Vegas period. Michael Douglas is almost unrecognisable as the world-famous performer. Matt Damon replete with a blond seventies style hairdo takes on the role of Scott. With more than able support from Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Reynolds and Rob Lowe this looks like it will be a fitting swan song for Soderbergh.
Behind the Candelabra premieres at this years Cannes film festival, is aired in the US on 26th May and hits the UK cinemas on 14th June