Of course, we all know Charlie Chaplin for his lovable and humorous character, “The Tramp,” and how he had entertained audiences during the silent film era, but this film, based on Chaplin’s autobiography and “Chaplin: His Life and Art” by David Robinson, delved deeper into who he was and what he went through during his stint in cinema.
But most intriguing of all was how Charlie Chaplin never felt like he did enough or ever reached his goal. He was very innovative and headstrong, not falling for what the norm was in Hollywood or what his peers thought he should do. For instance, being that Chaplin started his career during the silent movie era, when “talkies” came to be, he refused to let his “Tramp” character speak, feeling like the character would lose everything he portrayed and change for the worse if he did.
Very sad how our country treated this legend, but it does have sort of a happy ending as Chaplin finally realizes, at the end of the film, that he did do enough in his career and left quite a legacy in Hollywood.
The sets were terrific, depicting each period perfectly as the movie goes on, from Chaplin’s early life in the late 1800s to the 1970s. The cinematography was excellent and the recreations of Chaplin’s films were done well with no modern embellishments whatsoever.
Yes, this film was brilliant and it’s a wonder why I had waited so long to finally sit down and watch it.
My final “bit” on Chaplin?
Although Robert Downey, Jr. went through some personal problems, before and after this film, it did not get in the way of his profession as he pulls off a terrific performance. I remember thinking that he finally accomplished the high of his career as he was nominated an Academy Award (and won a BAFTA Award) for Best Actor back then. However, he continued to have a few more publicized issues afterwards. Still, he didn’t let that get in the way of his career as so many actors and actresses do these days (are you listening Lindsay Lohan?). Anyway, when it comes to dramatic films like this, I’m not one to add too many to my DVD and Blu-Ray collection, so I won’t advise that you do that. But if you are a collector of dramatic pieces such as Chaplin, you’ll be happy with this film in your collection. Overall, I loved it and was glad I finally gave it a view.
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