Chaplin (1992)

Yet another personal favourite of mine. (may be partially because it starred RDJ! 😉 ) But, the film lost its glory in the minds of the audience as the years passed making it one of the most underrated films of 90s. This film also saw RDJ at his best (while he was still young and in his 20s) before he got into legal issues due to substance abuse.

Chaplin (1992)

A still from Chaplin (1992)

Duration: 2h 25m

Genre: Drama, Biography

Director: Richard Attenborough

Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ), Geraldine Chaplin, Moira Kelly, Milla Jovovich, Anthony Hopkins

Rating: 3.5/5

Plot:  An old Charlie Chaplin (RDJ) narrates his life, his failures, rises poverty, and turbulent childhood to the editor (Anthony Hopkins) of his autobiography.

What’s good?

RDJ’s portrayal of Sir Charles Chaplin and Geraldine Chaplin as his mentally traumatized mother. RDJ managed to appear bright on screen with all his chaplinesque acts and the kind of bonds he shared with different women of his life. Chaplin’s outlook towards life was well-presented with a major focus on his personal life.

Certain scenes were very well-written and  worth mentioning like an initial scene where a young Chaplin wipes of his make-up after his shoot and stares blankly into the mirror. Here, the audience get a glimpse of a broken young man behind the mask of a magnus  celebrity.

What’s not?

 The film after some point felt like the script was falling weak and the film just went on or rather dragged too long.

What to do?

Watch it to know the story of a legendary actor and also for RDJ’s marvelous performance which earned him an Oscar nomination.


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