From legendary director Richard Attenborough comes the epic story of a true cinematic icon, Charlie Chaplin. In this award-winning masterpiece we follow Chaplin's increasingly complicated life from a poverty stricken music hall entertainer in England to eventual triumph in America. The story of Chaplin is the story of cinema as we watch him grow from developing silent era slapstick to becoming one of the most important, pioneering fathers of film making, the art-form of a new century. But although he was able to reflect wondrous, magical humour in his work his private life was afflicted with infamy, sadness and a growing sense of loss.
Acting at its very best.
- Chaplin review by CP Customer
In this biography of Charlie Chaplin’s life, based on his autobiography, Robert Downey Jr. fully embodies Charlie Chaplin and in my opinion he deserves the best actor Oscar (though I have not seen Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman which was the winner in 1993). His slapstick movements and his tramp walk are perfect and he is an utter joy to watch on screen; it is a real pity he was shunned off the Hollywood scene. Not only was Downey’s performance immaculate, but that of all the fabulous supporting cast, full of A list actors; Kevin Kline playing Douglas Fairbanks stood out for me. The music was beautiful and poignant and added to the mellow mood, especially the last scene which bought tears to my eyes. (Though some may argue that it is a little sentimental) I especially enjoyed the mini biographies that appeared before the end credits that let us know what happened to all the characters that we met.
Overall Richard Attenborough delivered his usual top notch high standard of film and pulls of a magnificent tribute to one of the greatest actors and Hollywood pioneers.
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Fully beleivable and gripping account
- Chaplin review by Harry
We feel this film did justice to the both the life and times of Charlie. It was quite long but to really portray his early life and how it moulded his character and life choices it had to be. The choice of actors was very well done. We felt pity for Charlie being run out of the USA on flimsy grounds, but (in the context) we understood the reasoning of officialdom. How nice though to see the sweet wife Charlie found in Oona. Chaplins legacy will live on.