Synopsis: A live performance available as either a BluRay or a DVD / CD set, Live in Barcelona captures Il Divo's April 3, 2009, performance at Palau Sant Jordi.
Round-up: "Sorrentino’s seeming motivation for telling the story of this grandiosely corrupt politician is not to humanize but to trap. And under the pulverizing cinematic techniques of this ecstatically unforgiving filmmaker, this powerful, loathed world leader is little more than a squashed bug," writes Mic... hael Koresky in his review of "Il Divo" for indieWIRE, going on to say that "the film’s insistent visual nimbleness is initially welcome, as the daunting outpouring of information that comprise much of the film—the names and events that make up the case of corruption the state finally used to bring Andreotti to justice in the early Nineties—threatens to overwhelm the viewer in impalpability." Koresky seems to be the odd critic out, however, as "Il Divo" has received larely favorable press. "As operatic cinema, it ranks alongside the best of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola," writes Stephen Holden for the New York Times. Describing the movie's impactful visual style (which bothered Koresky), Holden says: "From its bizarre opening image of the migraine-prone Mr. Andreotti with acupuncture needles stuck in his head — a picture of prime minister as human porcupine that could be out of a Fellini film — 'Il Divo' is a tour de force of indelibly flashy imagery." The Village Voice's Ella Taylor echoes his praise, writing "'Il Divo' plays like an elegantly ritualized black comedy, with Sorrentino deploying every formal tool in his arsenal to disrupt facile interpretations of Andreotti's strategically opaque character."