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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Coogan IS Alan Partridge, 21 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Look Of Love [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
I really enjoyed this, but I found it was the cast surrounding Steve Coogan I enjoyed more than the man himself. At times, Paul Raymond slipped into Tony Wilson (24 Hour Party People), and at times both men have slipped into Partridge (oo-er). I find Coogan cannot portray emotion very well and is at his best when he is being condescending and irritating.

But on saying that, The Look of Love is a good piece of social history, even if at times the female nudity does get a little too much to bear (I'm sure that would be different for male viewers). Imogen Poots probably gives the standout performance as Raymond's spoilt, but emotionally confused daughter Debbie, who ends up a drug addict. In contrast, is a rather sad scene where Raymond's illegitimate first son, Derry joins him for dinner and is promptly dismissed afterwards.

I feel the film had a bit of an identity crisis, not knowing if it was a comedy or a drama. If it was a comedy, Coogan was a good choice. If it was drama, I think they could have cast someone with a bit more range. But on saying that, it held my attention and I was curious on googling `Fiona Richmond' to find that Tamsin Egerton, who plays her, is actually better looking, despite Richmond being a major sex symbol of the time.
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Initial post: 13 May 2014 14:01:44 BDT
vitaminfan says:
At first I thought good review. Then I read the last few sentances, why was it necessary to judge levels of attractiveness I don t know.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2014 17:55:37 BDT
Because a review is a personal opinion and I wondered why the casting directors felt obliged to pander to modern ideas of attractiveness and didn't cast someone closer looking to Richmond.
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