Geoffrey Rush has become, for me, one of those actors always worth seeing. He was unforgettable in Shine, happily played second fiddle to Colin Firth in The King’s Speech, played off of Sophie Nélisse‘s performance nicely in The Book Thief, and is singularly effective in The Best Offer.
The Best Offer is about a fine arts auctioneer (Rush), the perfect aesthete, who is also cloistered and not altogether honest, employing an old friend, played by Donald Sutherland, in his side game. Much like Ralph Fiennes, in his magnificent role in Grand Budapest Hotel, Rush proves to me that refined, highly cultured, old-world parts like these can perhaps only be played by classically trained Commonwealth actors; Fiennes and Firth are the only other actors I can imagine credibly pulling off this sort of part.
The plot, as directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, Malena) is part mystery, part melodrama, and has the requisite number of quirks, surprises, and seeming red herrings (and Rush, of course), to keep one hooked. – [DVD]
DVD Release Date: 4/29/14