Pavarotti movie poster

The nicest guy in Hollywood, Ron Howard, shares a simple, unfettered gander into the life of Luciano Pavarotti. A celebrity biopic by any other name. Howard attempts to put a redemptive spin on the family’s ultimate acceptance of their philandering tenor. After all, where there’s a will, there’s an inheritance. See it, if for no other reason than to learn the significance of his characteristic white hankie. This screened in a large format auditorium equipped with what’s called “Dolby Cinema Completely Captivating” image and sound technology. (I liked it better when they called it Stereo.) This is a documentary. What’s captivating about digital audio masters when the images they accompany appear to be drawn from fuzzy VHS masters? (Paleozoic camcorder footage fares even worse.) On a personal note, Howard and the late John Candy worked together on Splash! Was it unreasonable of me to expect a clip of Candy as Johnny Pavotti in SCTV’s spoof of The Godfather? 2019.

Scott Marks


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