ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – C – Chaplin (1992)

Director: Richard Attenborough

Writer: William Boy, Bryan Forbes, William Goldman (Screenplay) David Robinson, Charles Chaplin (Book)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomei

 

Plot: A movie about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.


Tagline – Everyone has a wild side. Even a legend.

Runtime: 2 Hours 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant Biopic

 

Story: Chaplin starts as an older Charlie (Downey Jr) is telling his life story to his publicist George Hayden (Hopkins), we move back to 1894 when Charlie first took the stage, taking over from his mother Hannah (Chaplin) who froze on stage. Charlie and his brother Sydney (Rhys) had to learn to adapt to the rough life in London. Charlie soon became one of the hottest prospects in comedy performance in England.

We see how Charlie moved to America with the dawn of the motion pictures, being given a job on the production of Mack Sennett’s (Aykroyd) movies. We see just how fast Charlie became the biggest name in comedy getting his own studio, while continuing his own vices, young women. Charlie made enemies along the way which would lead to the downfall of his career.

 

Thoughts on Chaplin

 

Characters – Charlie Chaplin is one of the most influential men in comedy history, we follow his life, through his own autobiography, from is tough upbringing for the child labour camps in England, to his break out in comedy in England. He would go on to become a sensation of the motion picture world, only to fail to make adapt to American life when the Talkies came into circulation. He made enemies which would see his career come to an end. Outside the celebrity status, he finds himself drawn to teenage women which would see him go through multiply marriages, never finding true happiness. George Hayden is the one learning the story from Charlie, he is pushing him into going over each of the details of her story. Sydney is Charlie’s older brother, he helped get him started and became his manager, he tries to help Charlie make the right decisions to keep his career in Hollywood. Douglas Fairbank is another one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, he is one friend Charlie never seems to lose through his time there.

PerformancesRobert Downey Jr gives his career best performance here, he is stunning as Charlie, be it recreating the iconic moments or the personal life situations. Anthony Hopkins is wonderful too even just in an almost narration role, while the whole cast which is huge makes the impact they need to for their own roles.

StoryThe story here follows Charlie Chaplin’s career from his poor beginnings right up to the moment the Academy finally recognised his work. We get to see his personal life his many marriages which didn’t go to plan because of his work. We do get to see how the films were made, how the Tramp became the biggest character in comedy history. We see how the tension in Hollywood only made him an enemy forcing him out of the country and how his failure to truly adapt to the talkie era saw his career come to an abrupt end. If you want to see the career of one of the greatest comedians of all time, this is how the story comes to the light.

Biopic/ComedyThe biopic shows the career of Charlie Chaplin we get to see his professional and personal life through his career to see just how much lost potential his career had. The comedy in this film comes from just how certain moments will get laughs along the way.

SettingsThe film recreates the settings of the world that you would expect when it comes to looking it Hollywood in the early 19th century.


Scene of the Movie –
The Oscars moment.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Most of Hoover’s scenes.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the best biopics that you will see, it has the life and career of one of the biggest names in Hollywood history and makes us understand the difficulties he will have gone through.

 

Overall: Biopic for a true legend.

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Anchor and Hope (2018)

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Writer: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Jules Nurrish (Screenplay)

Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, Charlotte Atkinson, Lara Rossi, Trevor White, David Verdaguer

 

Plot: Two women, Eva and Kat, and the best friend of one of them, Roger. A boat in the canals of London and a question: Is it possible to live love, family, and life in such different ways and yet remain united?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Authentic Look at Love

 

Story: Anchor and Hope starts as we meet our couple Eva (Chaplin) and Kat (Tena) who live in a boat on the canals of London, they are at a crossroads in their lives and their relationship as they are figuring out the next steps, Kat’s friend Roger (Verdaguer) joins them as the life questions get asked.

When Eva manages to convince Kat they should have a baby, the couple get Roger to be their sperm donor and now they must prepare for a future with a potential baby even if their methods are not the most medically actuate.

 

Thoughts on Anchor and Hope

 

Characters – Eva is one half of the couple, she wants to have her own child and is pushing her girlfriend to consider starting a family, she doesn’t want to follow the normal and keep her free spirit identity. Kat is the partner who is enjoying the life of just the two of them, not wanting to start a family, but will make that sacrifice for the one she loves. The two have great chemistry and you do believe their relationship. Roger is the old friend of Kat that joins them in, he becomes the choice to be the sperm donor and stays around to make sure they couple get what they want.

PerformancesOona Chaplin and Natalia Tena are both fantastic in the lead roles, they show us great chemistry between them, they hit the emotional range they must go through during the film and make us believe we are watching two-real people. David Verdaguer is good too through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young lesbian couple and their friend who are trying to just enjoy life while escaping responsibilities, making big life decisions and being happy. We follow a stage of their life as they prepare to make a big decision which will test them more than ever. The story makes us feel like we watching a real relationship with real decisions being made which is always refreshing. My only negative is left wondering just how they live this sort of life in the first place, we don’t get any sort of indication that they have jobs or anything.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film works for the most part, we have moments or enjoyment that will get a laugh or two from the audience, the romance shows us just how difficult relationships can be for anyone involved.

SettingsThe film is set in and around the canals in London, what makes the settings feel completely natural is how the scenes are shot with what seems like natural everyday life going on behind them.


Scene of the Movie –
The canal cruising is always beautiful to watch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Trying to figure out how they afford this life.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautiful story of love between two people that need to learn to grow together for one of the biggest decisions of their life.

 

Overall: Love story that feels real.

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