All The Way Release Date: 2005 Genre: Drama|Comedy Director(s): Paul Goldman Writer(s): Peter Clifton & Michael Thomas (Ladyhawke, The Hunger) Starring: Dennis Hopper, Portia de Rossi, Melanie Griffith I just wasn’t feeling All The Way, also known as The Night We Called It A Day. Going in, I believed it was going to deliver the […]

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All The Way
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Drama|Comedy
Director(s): Paul Goldman
Writer(s): Peter Clifton & Michael Thomas (Ladyhawke, The Hunger)
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Portia de Rossi, Melanie Griffith

I just wasn’t feeling All The Way, also known as The Night We Called It A Day.

Going in, I believed it was going to deliver the goodness. Dennis Hopper as an angry Sinatra has to be golden. How can it not turn out well?

All The Way, however, turned out to just be mildly entertaining. It never quite works as a comedy, nor as a drama. Throughout its entire runtime, it’s just kind of there.

All The Way is actually based off a true story. After just coming off of his retirement in 1973, Frank Sinatra was slowly becoming an important figure once again. He had toured all over the world, but the one place that had never seen Old Blue Eyes was Australia. And that’s where a young, rebellious concert promoter Rod Blue came in. Making ‘ins’ with the right people, selling off his car, and borrowing money, Blue successfully brought in Sinatra for a string of tour dates.

Only thing is that the Australian press didn’t treat Sinatra all that well, especially gossip columnist Hilary Hunter (Rossi). Reporting on his decadent lifestyle is much more than Sinatra could handle, and with that, went in front of an audience and called the Australian press whores. With the movement being led by Hunter, unions all across Australia refused to assist Sinatra; no food, no fuel, and no tour. Sinatra vehemently refused to apologize all throughout the ordeal.

This really should’ve been great, but it just falters. While I loved Hopper, I just wasn’t feeling much of the cast. Maybe it’s the “Arrested Development” fanatic in me showing, but I just didn’t buy Portia de Rossi at all in her role.

It’s an interesting movie that delivers meager amounts of laughs, but interesting doesn’t always translate to entertaining.

DVD: Barebones.

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