Queer Biopic ‘Maestro’ Earns Rave Reviews Despite Prosthetic Nose Backlash

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Leonard Bernstein’s biopic ‘Maestro’ has gotten rave reviews despite the backlash against lead actor Bradley Cooper’s use of a prosthetic nose.

Despite the “anti-semitic” criticisms against Cooper’s prosthetic nose, the queer biographical film has earned praise from film critics after its screening at the Venice Film Festival, even earning a 7-minute standing ovation from the audience including Bernstein’s three kids Jamie, Alexander, and Nina Maria.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian noted that the “heartfelt [film was] conceived with sincerity and taste”, and claimed that the “big nose isn’t a big deal.” Bradshaw also commended Cooper’s “eerie likeness” to Bernstein.

Meanwhile, BBC film critic Nicholas Barber wrote that the film was a hit, remarking that it was “a warm yet melancholy portrait” of the world-renowned queer conductor. Aside from praising Cooper, he also referred to Carey Mulligan who played Felicia Montealegre as a “sparkling tour de force.”

On the other hand, critic David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the “moving” biopic is “a layered examination of a relationship that might be grossly over-simplified today as that of a closeted gay man and his ‘beard.'”

Pete Hammond wrote for Deadline that Maestro “is the work of a very assured filmmaker bringing a strong vision to the screen” and called it a “triumphant turn as Leonard Bernstein is a love story on more than one level.”

The film is described as “a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between cultural icon Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. At its core, a love letter to life and art, ‘Maestro’ is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.”

Maestro will premiere in select theaters on November 22 and on Netflix on December 20.

 

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