Chaplin Reviews

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August 22, 2014
For any film aficionados and self proclaimed fans of the late Chaplin immense and unique work, this film plays like a love letter and homage to the artist. The film is very well written and marvelously shot and acted. It has flaws of course, how can one resume such a life in 2.30 hours? But the film will ravish audiences by it's marvelous double tone that suits and embrace the work of chaplin as a comic and also a dramaturge. Let's not forget that most chaplin movies are highly critical of the social problems of his own era wonderfully dressed up in farces and jokes but always with a tender heart. Chaplin was a magnificent entertainer and someone who was fearless for his time. This film manages to capture his aura and will leave you with both tears and laughter in your heart. Definitely a film that says a lot and says it intelligently and wonderfully. Sir Attenborough you made something quite special here ... thanks for this beautiful piece of cinema.
August 12, 2014
The life and times of Charlie Chaplin: from his first stage performance before the age of ten to Vaudeville, to Mack Sennett's movies, to making his own movies, to winning an Oscar. Robert Downey Jr. was a great casting choice in the film, the movie started of great but then the movie went a bit boring.
June 7, 2014
An overly too long biop film that is saved by a career best performance from Robert Downey Jr.
May 31, 2014
a great film, well acted and portrayed
May 31, 2014
Robert's portrayal of Chaplin is heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time.
He nailed it!
April 29, 2014
It is worth watching just to see how well Robert Downey Jr. captured Chaplin.
½ April 28, 2014
There's more honest emotion in ten minutes of City Lights or The Kid than there is in this entire 2 h 24 m film. I was going to say "five minutes" instead of "ten", but I've just remembered the five minutes bit at the end of this biopic which shows old Charlie extremely moved at the Oscars, reflecting on (and by) old clips of his old movies, taking it the difference he might have made to so many lives. But otherwise...

Dickie Attenborough delivered a superb biopic in Gandhi, but Chaplin defeats him. I think it's probably because there were just TOO many things in Chaplin's live to cover them adequately within a single films. Dickie skims over girlfriends and wives in minutes, productions of famous films is seconds, and name-drops other famous figures with abandon ...and little finesse. Most references to Charlie's famous connections - sexual, professional, political - seem perfunctory and not inspired.

I liked the intro in London sequence, and the Mack Sennett stuff was great, yet I was left knowing little more about Mr. Chaplin than when I came in - a driven, workaholic comic genius with an unhealthy attraction for really young women.

RDJ is absolutely outstanding, particularly in his early scenes, and the final ones under heavy makeup.

But the film itself is little more than checklist of Charlie's extensive professional and scandalous romantic life, and struggles to get to the heart of the Little Tramp, of the creative impulsion and talent that drove this man to become the most famous movie star the world has (still) even seen.

With a checklist like this...Chaplin might not be emotionally engaging, or particularly gripping, but it's never less than interesting.

On the other hand, its not worth a fraction of the celluloid of the films that Charlie himself made in the 20s and 30s.
½ April 27, 2014
Robert Downey Jr. does a fine Charlie Chaplin impression, but this movie as a whole doesn't do a good job of keeping your interest or informing anybody of his life unless you have already seen all of his movies.
½ January 21, 2014
It was a moving tribute in the early '90s, and it still is today--Entertaining & Well-Acted!!
January 2, 2014
A solid biography of Charlie Chaplin from Attenborough. Sheds some light on how Hollywood was run in those days and captures some of the paranoia induced by Edger Hoover's FBI. RDJ is brilliant in his Oscar nominated role, with some able support from a bevy of stars (including Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Kline, Milla Jovovich and Diane Lane). It was really interesting to see Chaplin's real life daughter play his mother in the film.
December 9, 2009
Its got everything you want from a biopic, great performance and you learn a lot. a bunch of the reviews say the storytelling was awkward and clunky but i find thats true with most biopics, i think its because real lives when they are portrayed accurately don't flow as well as a well written story. Another movie for people who are interested in old Hollywood.
December 24, 2013
Ei valitettavasti elokuvana tee riittävästi kunniaa Chaplinille ja uralleen, mutta mielenkiintoinen raotus mestarin elämään. Robert Downey Jr. oli hyvä vielä kun veti huumeita, nämä Iron Manit ja Sherlockit on ihan soopaa. Loistava cast on saatu tähänkin elokuvaan. Kehno maskeeraus elokuvan loppupuolella vie tosin pohjaa uskottavuudelta.
April 18, 2012
Ecco un altro di quei film di valutazione estremamente difficile. Avrete già visto il voto che ho dato, e raggiunge appena la sufficienza, ma in realtà è un lavoro alquanto apprezzabile. La passione di Richard Attenborough per i film di Chaplin è irrefutabile, e la sua bravura, nel metterci davanti agli occhi una remota Hoollywood, è indiscutibile. Robert Downey Jr. riesce ad avere verosimiglianza col personaggio di Charlie Chaplin, esibendosi in un'interpretazione parecchio impegnativa, che naturalmente necessita di una conoscenza assai intensa di una figura che ha influito profondamente a cambiare il linguaggio cinematografico internazionale. Purtroppo il film si perde presto in una sorta di meccanicità narrativa che si concentra molto sui casi giudiziari, sui dilemmi amorosi, sul fatto che alcuni volevano per forza considerare Chaplin un comunista, e sui suoi problemi con l'FBI; si distoglie quindi l'attenzione dalle opere dell'attore, che sarebbero duvute essere l'oggetto di maggior rilevanza in una biografia di un artista così unico e raro. Il concepimento delle stesse segue una rigida logica di "causa ed effetto" che si mette spesso in evidenza in diversi punti. Insomma: crollo di Wall Street + grande depressione = "Tempi Moderni", diverbio con un nazista + inizio seconda guerra mondiale = "Il grande dittatore" etc. Sarebbe stato più interessante, invece, mettere in luce tutti i possibili giochi di fantasia che questo grande interprete metteva in atto prima di avviarsi ad ogni suo progetto... per ironia della sorte, il Chaplin anziano, verso la fine, ripete più volte che gli aneddoti della sua vita privata non sono poi così essenziali, ma allora, mi chiedo, perchè sembrano le parti del film che hanno un peso maggiore sulla trama?! Consiglierei "Charlot" agli ammiratori di Charlie Chaplin, che, malgrado tutto, stimeranno questo ritratto artistico sull'esistenza del celebre comico britannico, ma non escludo che qualcuno di loro noterà alcuni dei summenzionati bachi storici collocati qua e là.
December 5, 2013
Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of Charlie Chaplin is simply outstanding. Shame that he was only nominated for an Oscar, should have won it by a landslide.
½ December 1, 2013
Great acting paired with mediocre film-making. Robert Downey Jr. at his finest gives life to Chaplin in spite of the movie's length and failure to capture the genius of its source character. Worth watching.
November 28, 2013
Fantastic film. Don't listen to anyone that says otherwise. If you love the art of film making or Chaplin himself you should be captivated. The movie covers so much of his ridiculously interesting life and as well as paying homage to his many great works of art. The acting is also top notch. Listen to the audience score and not the pretentious "tomato critics" whining about the narrative. This is one of my favorite movies ever.
½ November 2, 2013
Richard Attenborough's conventional, overly extensive biopic on the life of silent film legend Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey, Jr.), suffers from a lack of insight into the artist's creative inspiration in favor of the melodrama created by various scandals in his private life. In an attempt to provide a large overview of Chaplin's life, the film plays like a Cliffs Notes version of events depicted. Fortunately, Downey brings gaiety and sincerity to the picture that keeps it watchable. He doesn't overdo Chaplin's mannerisms so his performance feels more like a recreation than an impersonation. The standard gimmick where Chaplin's life is told to us through a fictional biographer (Anthony Hopkins) is misguided. Even more inappropriate is the depiction of J Edgar Hoover (Kevin Dunn) as a convenient scapegoat for Chaplin's exile from America. Based on "My Biography" by Charles Chaplin and "Chaplin: His Life and Art" by David Robinson. Story is by Diana Hawkins; screenplay by William Boyd, Bryan Forbes, and William Goldman. Despite access to a fantastic crew; music by John Barry, cinematography by Sven Nykvist, and editing by Anne V Coates, the production values are miniscule. Geraldine Chaplin appears as her own grandmother, Charlie's troubled mother. With Dan Aykroyd as Mack Sennett, Kevin Kline as Douglas Fairbanks, Diane Lane as Paulette Goddard, Moira Kelly, Marisa Tomei, Milla Jovovich, Maria Pitillo as Mary Pickford, Nancy Travis, James Woods, David Duchovny.
October 16, 2013
There are very few people in the world of cinema, who are an art unto themselves.. When one sees this movie, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin's stature would be established as the art by itself..
½ October 6, 2013
Robert Downey Jr IS Charlie Chaplin in this stunning biopic. Some parts are sketchy and clearly staged but the rest is a heart-warming, moving film about the actor.
September 26, 2013
Estupendo trabajo de Robert Downey Jr.
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