The Look of Love

2013

Biography / Comedy / Drama

101
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 35%
IMDb Rating 6 10 6016

Synopsis


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Cast

Tamsin Egerton as Fiona / Amber
Imogen Poots as Debbie Raymond
Shirley Henderson as Rusty Humphries
Anna Friel as Jean Raymond
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803.61 MB
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23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
P/S 6 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tomgillespie2002 4 / 10

Empty and overlong

After collaborating on 24 Hour Party People (2002) and A Cock and Bull Story (2005), two equally unconventional and uncompromising approaches to the biopic and novel adaptation respectively, prolific writer/director Michael Winterbottom and star Steve Coogan coupled up once again to tell the story of Paul Raymond, the property and smut tycoon once honoured with the title of richest man in the UK. While hit-and-miss in the comedy department and narratively all over the place, the double-act's first two collaborations were certainly all the more interesting for it, tossing formulas out of the window as they tried to grasp the nature and energy of their subjects, 'Madchester' music producer Tony Wilson and Laurence Sterne's famously unfilmable novel The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman.

Perhaps the most disappoint thing about The Look of Love is just how formulaic it is, despite trying to convince us otherwise by peppering the narrative with clearly ad-libbed vignettes involving a small score of British comedians. Beginning in the 1950's, and in black-and- white, when Raymond was working as a sea-side impresario, the picture then does a good job capturing the glitz and glamour of the 1960's, as Raymond's interests evolve from owning every property he can lay his hands on to offering titillating entertainment the stuffy yet curious masses. He puts on an awful theatrical production that claims to be a romp with added boobies, which is panned critically but does little but stir up more interest. After the energetic, entertaining rise, the film plummets into a non-stop barrage of cocaine, orgies and excess for its second act.

Raymond's wife Jean (Anna Friel) seems happy with her comfortable life of luxury and even lets her husband have sex with other women, but she is soon abandoned after the beautiful starlet of his new show, Fiona (Tamsin Egerton), catches his eye. By the 1970s, his 'tasteful' shows have given way to pornographic (but hugely popular) magazine Men Only, with Fiona as one of its most popular attractions, and his hedonistic lifestyle spirals further and further out of control. While his riches grow, he increasingly isolates the people around him. Except that is, for his daughter Debbie (the lovely Imogen Poots), an entitled yet troubled girl who shares her father's fondness for excess, and who seems to be the only person Raymond actually cares about.

Just what attracted Winterbottom and Coogan to Paul Raymond is a mystery. Making a movie about such an unappealing arsehole can certainly be interesting done the right way, but The Love of Love doesn't seem keen on saying anything profound about the man, the business he was in, or the society he operated in. Coogan hardly stretches himself either, playing Raymond as Alan Partridge playing Raymond, randomly throwing in a Marlon Brando impression and pretentiously quoting artists more intelligent than him. After a lively first half, events quickly descend into scene after scene of naked flesh and terrible wigs; all style and very little substance at all. It pains me to say it, as Winterbottom is one of the best British directors around who never seems content with playing in one genre, and even his lesser works always have talking points. But The Look of Love is empty and long, albeit bolstered by an impressive Poots and a wonderfully smarmy Chris Addison in a smaller role.

Reviewed by bbewnylorac 7 / 10

Interesting viewing

Michael Winterbottom is known for his hyper realistic exploration of the gritty side of life, and The Look of Love doesn't disappoint. it's a rare exploration of the psyche of a real life London porn king, Paul Raymond, and it does pretty well. The film points out that Raymond (real name Geoffrey Quinn, and actually from Liverpool) is a human being and that he does come from somewhere - he wasn't just a figure in a magazine article. The women in his life are all portrayed as rounded characters as well. The film centres on his relationship with his daughter, Debbie, who is portrayed by a convincing Imogen Poots as a very troubled, aimless girl who is nevertheless much loved by her Dad. And she adores him. The film doesn't shirk from portraying the nasty rationales practised by Raymond, such as exploiting young models and strippers, and pushing the boundaries of taste. A major theme of the film is how Debbie becomes a hopeless drug addict and her hard- partying father is in no position to judge or reprimand her, and it ultimately kills her. But all along, Winterbottom and Steve Coogan, as Raymond, keep in mind that Raymond is human, and that he has to live with the consequences of his massively hedonistic lifestyle choices. But they don't hit you over the head with morality lessons. They let the the film tell the story.

Reviewed by Bana25 7 / 10

Coogan was brilliant.

Coogan was excellent in this, the whole part with him and his daughter passing away was extremely well done and certainly jerked the heart strings, after watching this I read lots on his life, it was very sad to see his only real love was his daughter and after her nothing replaced her, and he lived a recluse much like Howard Hughes did in his high rise Penthouse, all his money when he died went to distant relatives who now live in his Penthouse rich without a worry in the world, and probably without knowing what went on there. Coogan is a good serious actor, I would like to see him in more things like this, he is a very versatile actor.

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