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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Kenneth Branagh plays the character Allen so brilliantly invented through his madcap comedies in the past. Branagh inherited this role, I think, because Allen's age prevented him playing it in this film. Allen directs his protege masterfully in this exploration of the nature of celebrity and status. He brings to it comedy, romance, tragedy, politics, absurdity and great...
Published on 7 Oct 2004 by filthmonkey

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great
One of Woody's blander offerings.
The point of the film is masked by Branagh's near perfect imitation of Woody Allen, which is at first surprising, then interesting, but after a while, irritating.
While attempting to give a view of lust and marriage (as ever) from the experience of Branagh's character, who gives up his flavourless and tedious marriage to find...
Published on 4 Oct 2005


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great, 4 Oct 2005
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This review is from: Celebrity [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
One of Woody's blander offerings.
The point of the film is masked by Branagh's near perfect imitation of Woody Allen, which is at first surprising, then interesting, but after a while, irritating.
While attempting to give a view of lust and marriage (as ever) from the experience of Branagh's character, who gives up his flavourless and tedious marriage to find the woman of his dreams, this falls short of the mark.
Allen may have been too old to play the role himself, but Branagh is scarcely a good substitute and whether it was the former or the latter's decision to emulate Woody so precisely, it was slightly misjudged. The impersonation becomes at times the focus for the viewer, leaving one to wonder why he didn't shave his pate and wear geek-specs to finish the effect.
Plenty of celeb's popping up throughout, though none of them add any depth or insight into the thin plot. In addition, the film suffers from the style in which many of Allen's later films have been made, that of having numerous people talking around a table at the same time, for long periods. He seems to have developed too strong a taste for trying to portray realistic conversation, particularly among 'arty' types.
Shallow plot, shallow characters and a tad self-indulgent. The attention wavers about 20 mins before the end and the lack of engagement with the main character gives one a feeling of having been to a party full of strangers and not having been spoken to all evening.
DVD quality is good - but no extras, of course, from Mr Allen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 7 Oct 2004
This review is from: Celebrity [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Kenneth Branagh plays the character Allen so brilliantly invented through his madcap comedies in the past. Branagh inherited this role, I think, because Allen's age prevented him playing it in this film. Allen directs his protege masterfully in this exploration of the nature of celebrity and status. He brings to it comedy, romance, tragedy, politics, absurdity and great emotion, with Allen out of depth in none of these seas. Lovers of Allen's madcap comedies will be less enthralled by this film than those who admire his direction and general approach. There's plenty of irony to spare: the exploration of celebrity is itself celebrated by many famous faces contributing, whether in main or cameo roles: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Melanie Griffith, Winona Ryder, and Charlize Theron all make an appearance.
Overall: Well worth the money. If you've never seen a Woody Allen film then hold on before you buy this; watch Bananas or Take The Money And Run for a comedy classic, something like Annie Hall for a bit of romantic comedy brilliance, and perhaps something like Crimes & Misdemeanours for a holistic Allen experience. Films like September or Interiors aren't for the novice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GUESS I`M THE ONLY ONE WHO LIKES BRANAGH IN THIS!, 11 May 2012
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Mr. E. A. Dobson "dwardstings" (West Yorkshire,United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Celebrity [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
The 90`s were a good decade for Woody and here`s another gem. Great acting all round and i love Branagh in this! I mean let`s not forget he`s playing a character who is meant to be irritating and pretentious. Branagh hits the mark as well as having some really hilarious scenes. Celebrity is not a well regarded Woody Allen film and although it's not up there with his very best, it's still a very solid effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Branagh's irritating one and a half hour impression of Woody, 6 July 2011
This review is from: Celebrity [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This film is ok, not brilliant.

The story skips around very quickly from character to character in a rush, but still its ok.

The weakest part though was Branagh imitating of Woody Allen, down to even last detail. The trouble is, many of the things Woody does, don't seem to fit someone who looks like Branagh. He ends up taking the focus away from the film with his hijacking of all Woody's mannerisms and speech.

I am sure they were pleased with Brangah's fine display of acting at the time, and congratulated themselves all round, but it is the weakest and most irritating part of the film.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Celebrity in black and white, 22 Jun 2003
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This review is from: Celebrity [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Woody Allen in black and white, after "Shadows and Fog" (1992) to tell the stories behind celebrity. New York, nowdays, as a stage, as a puzzle of dazzling characters trying to be celebrities or trying to live as celebrities. Almost playing themselves, a numerous cast with great actors: Kenneth Branagh, Melanie Griffith, Judy Davies, Joe Mantegna, Leonardo diCaprio, Winona Ryder and Charlize Theron.
The movie is a reflexion about fame, about famous people and their behaviours to the public and in private. Woody Allen has done better, like "Radio Days" (1987) but the excelent cinematography and Woody's touch are always good arguments.
Unfortunately, Woody Allen doesn't appreciate special features...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no subtitles, 5 Aug 2014
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A. Unwin "rosemary6" (england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Celebrity (DVD)
there were no subtitles on the disc, despite being listed as such- if you are deaf or HOH, then the disc is useless for you as it was for me
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