Beyond the Sea (2004) is an American musical drama film based on the life of Bobby Darin (1936-73). The name is from one of his most popular songs. Kevin Spacey co-wrote, directed, and co-produced the film. He also sang, danced, and starred as Bobby Darin. Kevin Spacey was so keen to make this film because it reminded him of his mother. Apparently, his mother loved the music of Bobby Darin and played it all the time. Stacey also admired the courage of Bobby Darin, who had rheumatic fever in his childhood, which he knew had shortened his life. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, he lived fully and did so much before he died at age 37. People still remember his rendering of Kurt Weill's Mack the Knife.
|Bobby Darin 1959|
Beyond the Sea was made with a budget of $24,000,000USD. It's box office is reported to have been $8,000,000USD. In other words, this film bombed. Made in 2004, one reason given was that musicals had fallen out of fashion. Another reason given is that it received some brutal critiques; among those was the suggestion that Kevin Spacey, who would have been 44 in 2004 when the film was made, was too old to play the part of the much younger Bobby Darin.
|Kevin Spacey 2004|
I also felt sympathy for Kevin Spacey. He came from a highly dysfunctional family, to say the least. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Randy Fowler, Kevin Spacey's half-brother, says that their father sexually abused him, Randy. Fowler wouldn't say what might have been done to Kevin or their sister. Whatever they experienced, it certainly wasn't pleasant. It saddened me to think that Kevin Spacey had such a horrific childhood, yet rose above it to become a success in the world of Hollywood. Now, as a result of not being able to overcome his upbringing, his career is in ruins at 58. What a tragedy!
I'm so glad we saw Beyond the Sea. It was an enjoyable film, and has brought so much to the forefront of our minds. My Group felt as I did about both Bobby Darin and Kevin Spacey.