Release Date in Malaysia: 21 March 2013
Cinemas showing: GSC Mid Valley | GSC 1 Utama | GSC Pavilion KL | GSC Signature | GSC Tropicana City Mall, PJ | GSC Paradigm Mall, PJ | GSC Setia City Mall, Shah Alam | GSC Gurney Plaza Penang | GSC Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka | GSC Suria Sabah, K. Kinabalu.
Genre: Live music concert
Language: Mostly in Italian
Running Time: 105 minutes
Director: David Horn
Featuring: Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Caroline Campbell, Helena Fischer, Sandy, Chris Botti, Veronica Berti
Synopsis: “One of the most popular classical music artists of all time, Bocelli delivers a sumptuous, breathtaking performance from the beautiful surroundings of the Piazzetta in Portofino. Playing to an intimate crowd at sunset, the legendary tenor covers the most famous love songs in the world including Love Me Tender and La Vie en Rose, supported by a 40-piece orchestra. Produced by a Grammy award-winning team, this is an unmissable feast of emotion, gorgeous settings and unforgettable songs” (GSC Movies).
Verdict: For most part of the film, I felt like clapping my hands, impressed with the beautiful vocals and flawless singing performance by Andrea Bocelli and the guest singers. There’s definitely language barrier ’cause almost all the songs aren’t in English. It also lacks of engagement visuals, so practically you’d only see the performers jamming, the audience and the scenery of the place. But the music and projected ambiance are so romantic, you’d feel like making love on the spot. Local fans, Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino can be a warm-up for you before his concert here in May. Not-so-fortunate fans, this may be the most affordable alternative. Non-fans, this is your chance to impress your crush by pretending that you appreciate good stuffs.
Second opinion: “It was the first time I’ve ever heard him sing and it’s really, really nice” (Iris Loong).
Featured songs: • Cinema Paradiso (featuring Chris Botti)
• Senza Fine
• Anema e Core (featuring Caroline Campbell)
• Quizas Quizas Quizas
• A Mano A Mano
• Corovado (featuring Sandy)
• La Vie en Rose
• Something Stupid (featuring Veronica Berti)
• Besame Mucho
• Love me Tender
• September Morn
• When I Fall in Love (featuring Helene Fischer, Chris Botti)
• Roma Nun Fa la Stupida Stasera
• Era Gia Tuto Provisto
• Love in Portofino (featuring Caroline Campbell)
• My Way •
Favourite number: Love in Portofino – The concert is relaxed and pretty much stayed at the same tone until Andrea provides the much needed climax during encore, improvising the final line of the song with powerful high notes before ending the night with his own rendition of My Way.
Least favourite number: Love Me Tender (originally by Elvis Presley) – This is one of only two songs Andrea performs in English completely here but seems a little too emotionless. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t sing in English as much?
Portofino is so lovely that… there isn’t a single overweight girl in the audience…?
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Special thanks to the GSC Movies for the press screening.