Dir: Steven Soderbergh, US, 2013, 118 mins Matt Damon, Debbie Reynolds, Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon turning in brilliant performances in this intense study of the secret five-year relationship between the flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young lover Scott Thorson which dazzled everybody at the Cannes film festival earlier this year. In the film, Thorson, a naive 18-year-old farm boy from Wisconsin, meets 58-year-old Liberace in Las Vegas in 1977 and moves in with him, joining his glamorous lifestyle of champagne, jewel-encrusted cars and spectacular wardrobe. It’s a brilliantly paced and extremely well acted film with Michael Douglas putting a lot into the part and some believable chemistry between the two as the relationship knits together and then unravels again under the pressures of lifestyle, drugs and Liberace’s insatiable libido. See why many critics think this might be Douglas’ best ever performance.