I am totally mystified by this movie. Why would an all star cast and production company produce a movie like this?
Liberace was an exceptional musician and one of the giants of the entertainment industry. He was a true pioneer and innovator. He taught the world how to truly entertain people. The glitz was an important part of the show. No one before him had ever entertained in such a flamboyant manner. He raised the bar for all types of entertainers.
None of that came out in this movie. The only message conveyed was that he was emotional unstable and sexually promiscuous. The explicit love scenes and partial nudity added nothing to the story. I am a fan of all the great actors in this movie and generally agree with the social agendas that they have publicly supported. This seems out of character for all of them. It totally lacked class. I am unable to find any redeeming value here.
Though the acting was great, Michael Douglas was still Michael Douglas. The tone and cadence of his voice as well as his facial expressions prevented me from seeing anyone but Michael.
If this was an attempt to support gay rights, it was a miserable failure. The fact that he was gay was only a detail.
If you want to know anything about Liberace, I would suggest the 1988 movie, Liberace: Behind the Music. Victor Garber does an outstanding job of portraying the compassion, joy, and humor that was always evident in Liberace's performance. When he looked into the camera, you sensed that he was truly invested in making your day better. It also gives some insight into what made him who he was.B000ERVKF8