Fucky Film Review!

Chaplin

Posted by Web Manager on April 21, 2010

Richard Attenborough 1992

Good effort at a portrayal of the great silent film star and director/producer Charlie Chaplin.  It suffers from the usual biopic limitations – that allegiance to accuracy that’s too often the death of interesting drama. I did not like that the story was a series of the aging Chaplin’s flashbacks in conversation with his ridiculously cardboard memoir editor played by Anthony Hopkins – I fucking hate that shit as much as I did in BENJAMIN BUTTON. I did like Kevin Kline’s portrayal of the swashbuckling actor Douglas Fairbanks and especially the line he delivers about America – suggesting that it’s not, as Chaplin said, a good country underneath the ugliness, but rather an ugly country underneath all the beauty.  DEEP.

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