Beyond the Sea


Biography / Drama / Music

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 42%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 14869

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January 12, 2022 at 09:42 AM



Chris Jarvis as Dancer
Sam Douglas as Variety Show Host 2
René Ifrah as 2nd Assistant Director
Michael Byrne as Dr. Andretti
1.07 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 58 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

A film with a split personality!

This film is like two films merged together. One is a very superficial and often inaccurate biopic of the life of Bobby Darin. Major omissions and chronological errors abound and the Biography Channel's show on Darin's life is far better than this film. It just didn't seem like Bobby Darin's life but a caricature of it. The other film is a wonderful showcase of Kevin Spacey's many talents. Instead of just acting, he did a wonderful job of crooning as well as dancing--often in segments that were surrealistic music videos as opposed to traditional story telling. While glitzy and silly, this aspect of the film I really liked. Because of this film's unusual style and manner, it was if the film was more a free form musical picture "inspired by the life of Bobby Darin". It also seemed like it was more a showcase for Spacey than a homage to Darin.

So apart from the fact that the film isn't good historically speaking, it is wonderful from a purely aesthetic point of view. The music is well sung, bouncy and ranks high on the "cool factor". Provided your expectations are low regarding Darin's life story, you'll enjoy yourself--you can't help it.

Overall, I give it a 7 as it is very entertaining (despite its very odd style). Some reviewers gave this film a 1 or a 10 and both extremes seem way out of line. Ones make no sense at all because the film is well made, pretty and enjoyable. The tens make no sense either because the script is a mess and is abounding with factual errors. For more on these errors, check out the trivia section on IMDb or read a biography on Darin's life. I really doubt if the many writers who contributed to this film even bothered finding such a biography but just read through a list of bullet points.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

somewhat interesting biopic but needs more tension

Bobby Darin (Kevin Spacey) is making a biopic of his life. He's brash, cocky and a perfectionist. As he talks to a kid in the production, he flashes back to his life starting with his mother Polly Cassotto (Brenda Blethyn) in the Bronx. Then there is his big hit "Splish Splash", his career of singing the standards, his marriage to Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth) and his movie career. But the marriage has its difficulties, his career fades, and a shocking revelation from his sister.

Kevin Spacey shows that he can be a song and dance man. The story stalls a few times. The long running time causes some of that. Also unless you're a fan of the standards, they do tend to slow the movie down. That's not to say that there aren't any compelling or funny moments. The competing running away with his wife is hilarious. His struggle to find meaning is compelling. However those moments are too few and far between. The movie could squeeze a good chuck out to ratchet up the tension.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"When the delivery guy knows me, then I'm something"!

When I was entering my teenage years, the Beatles were hitting the U.S. at around the same time. I didn't connect with Bobby Darin's music back then, even though 'Mack the Knife' had a ubiquitous presence on Top 40 radio, even after it's release in 1959. Today, 'Beyond the Sea' stands as one of my all time favorite tunes, and listening to Bobby Darin singing his hit songs again is almost like hearing them for the first time. Director and star Kevin Spacey takes a unique approach in presenting the life of Bobby Darin on the big screen, and to a large extent he's successful. I too had my doubts about Spacey's age in some of the early career sequences, but they were largely dispelled by the creative way Spacey draws attention to that fact early on, using his youthful alter-ego (William Ullrich) to counter point the elder Darin's paranoid tendencies. What the film probably does best is impart Darin's sense of urgency in establishing his legacy, knowing that his rheumatic heart condition meant living on borrowed time. Yes, there's a rushed feel to the romancing of Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth) and the overview of Darin's rise to the top of his profession, but there's only so much you can do in a film. When it was over, you couldn't have convinced me that it was two and a half hours long. Punctuated by most of Darin's hit songs, the only one I was left wanting for was 'Eighteen Yellow Roses', especially after that tease during the night club scene when the camera panned by a couple of vases drawing almost subliminal attention to it. But a small price to pay over all. I enjoyed the film and now have a firmer appreciation of the price Bobby Darin had to pay for his career success. It's a film I'd recommend and will likely watch over again.

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