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Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Bleythn
Director: Kevin Spacey
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2005








Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




For BOBBY DARIN (Kevin Spacey), performing was his life. He came alive onstage, even when he was near collapse offstage. In BEYOND THE SEA, Bobby tells us his own story, in his last great performance. With a heart damaged by rheumatic fever, Walden Robert Cassotto – Little BOBBY isn't supposed to live to see age 15. But when his mother POLLY shows him the happiness that comes with music, Bobby finds the inspiration he needs to stay alive. Making music opens a world beyond sickness, where prodigious talent, drive and imagination can overcome a faulty heart. With the help and support of his devoted family - Polly, his older sister NINA her husband CHARLIE - Bobby will become a star.

And so he does.Bobby charts his own stubbornly eclectic musical path, writing original songs and performing in a range of genres. Turning his sights beyond music, Bobby launches a movie career and marries America's favorite young star, SANDRA DEE (Kate Bosworth). But Bobby's relentless professional ambition has begun to poison his private life, and the late 60s find him isolated, confused and directionless. In the end, with his childhood illness finally catching up, Bobby must look to his friends, family and extraordinary talent to quell his demons and accept who he is and what his life has meant.


Where is Superman when you need him? Someone tell The Man of Steel that Lex Luther and Lois Lane have got something going on behind him? Wait, wrong movie here. Besides, the man who looks like Lex Luther has hair, and the lady who resembles Lois Lane is a blonde.

Oh, this is the 2004 movie directed by Kevin Spacey telling the story of lifelong performer Bobby Darin. It is also the movie that left Spacey so impressed with leading actress Kate Bosworth that he recommended her for the part of Lois Lane in Superman Returns (2006). And what fine performances the two give in this uplifting and encouraging movie musical.

The movie unfolds itself through Darin’s voiceover, telling us his life story, in his final performance on stage. Overcoming all odds, Darin searches for hope and determination in music during his sick childhood days. Along the way, he manages to snag Hollywood actress Sandra Dee, as well as a movie career. Of course, like all good stories go, the protagonist has a price to pay.

What impresses us about this movie is Spacey’s singing. Other than helming the role of the director, Spacey performed all the songs himself, and he brings Darin’s spirits to life.

Bosworth plays her role as Sandra Dee with just the right enough amount of glamour and spunk, which is actually more of a joy to watch than her rather bland portrayal of Lois Lane. The supporting roles are reliably played by John Goodman, Bob Hoskins and Brenda Blethyn.

The production value of the movie is considerably high, with some beautifully lighted scenes and pretty set designs that will pamper your eyes.

For non-musical fans, the movie may not make much sense. Besides, the story is told in a rather predictable and theatrical manner, using voiceovers, flashbacks and occasional imaginary song and dance sequences. And at a runtime of 118 minutes, some viewers may be quick to lose their patience.

But, like most musicals go, the tunes in this movie will have you humming. Familiar tracks like “Mack the Knife” and “Beyond the Sea” are fun to listen to, especially when they are accompanied by enjoyably-choreographed dance sequences, with colourful costumes and backdrops.

So if you are having a gloomy and depressing day, this is the movie to pop into your payer to enjoy the song sequences to brighten your day up. Yes, you don’t need Superman to save your day all the time.


The visual transfer isn’t exactly fantastic, but the audio options of English Dolby 2.0 and English Dolby 5.1 do justice to the songs in the movie.


No extra features are included in this Code 3 DVD, which is quite a shame given its potential to incorporate some making-ofs and real footages of Bobby Darin to attract more buyers.



Review by John Li



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This review is made possible with the kind support from Comstar


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