№ 60: "Chaplin"
Director: Richard Attenborough
Screenplay: William Boyd, Bryan Forbes, William Goldman
Knowing virtually nothing about Chaplin's personal life going into this film, I didn't know what to expect. After concluding the film, I was bothered by the brevity in regards to the actual film making process and his life in the industry. I understanding this wasn't the story Attenborough wanted to tell, but I feel the story we got was, like I understand of Chaplin's autobiography, very much about his sex life and very brief on anything else. It just wasn't that interesting.
I will say, however, that RDJ is fantastic in this. He nails Chaplin in mannerisms and look, especially as 'The Tramp.' Hats off to wardrobe, hair and makeup for their work to bring this iconic character to screen once again. It's uncanny. The aging done when Chaplin is older is very well handled as well.
Overall, I would have much preferred a film where it focused on Chaplin's period of fame in the silent film era, perhaps showing more behind the scenes work on the projects and the reaction of citizens to his work. However, that was only collectively 30 minutes of the 2.5 hour film.
If you know nothing of Chaplin's personal life and want a very brief insight into the man behind the films in which he wrote/directed/starred/scored all by himself, you may enjoy this one. Just don't go in looking for an interesting historical film documentary on the actual process of those fascinating things. It is worth at least a watch for RDJ's performance.
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