Written, directed and starring Kevin Spacey, this film is an interesting look at the life of renowned singer Bobby Darin. Spacey, though significantly older than the Darin he plays, does a fantastic job both physically and vocally; dare I say that it is the part he was born to play? The rest of the film is more of an artistic musical film, rather than simply a literary representation or biopic. It focuses on Darin’s rise to fame in the music and film industry, as well as his marriage to actress Sandra Dee. With a cast that include Kate Bosworth (Dee), John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, the film is a fun, musical ride, and examination of an icon.
The film received mixed reviews, one major criticism is the use of Spacey’s singing voice. But, as I said, I find his voice to be incredibly close to Darin’s. Also, the film itself addresses the issue of Spacey’s age early on, and just rolls with it; you quickly forget all of these inconsistencies with reality, since the film it not realistic itself. The cast does a fantastic job, and the story is inspiring and touching. Spacey was even nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance. I would certainly recommend watching it, whether you know much about Bobby Darin and his music or not. If for no other reason, it should peak your interest to know that Sacey, in addition to being a great actor and director, is also a phenomenal singer.