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2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely smug book, 14 July 2006
This review is from: What's It All About? (Paperback)
This is not as good a read as the other reviewers might indicate. It is a classic rags to riches story (and is a very poor to a very, very, very rich story) and Michael Caine proves in this book that he is just a mediocre working actor who was lucky enough to be about when some very unusual and landmark films were being made in the 60s. If he was starting out now he would probably be doing British soaps and TV ads. It appears that when the enigmatic cockney persona was not useful, it was dropped years ago. He does demonstrate that he is a clever business man and he has cultivated all the powerful people in the business to ensure that he gets offered the work no matter how lousy that may be - he actually tries to make a virtue of this. This is definitely not a memoir in the higher ranks of David Niven's "The Moon's a Balloon", (get that book to find out why). This is much tamer and becomes tedious with the name dropping to little effect.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2010 13:55:40 GMT
T. D. Welsh says:
You seem to start with the prejudice that Caine is a mediocre actor, yet I have seen him act the most diverse of roles in many films - from California Suite and Miss Congeniality to The Last Valley, for instance - without ever a dud performance. He tends to express himself subtly and underplay, it's true - but so did Sir Alec Guinness. All I got from your review was really "I don't like Michael Caine", which isn't very helpful when most prospective readers of his autobiography do.

Posted on 20 Feb 2011 21:11:51 GMT
NOCTULE says:
Yeah. You're probably right, although, I still liked the book because I love Caine so much. Just because I'm a big fan doesn't mean I can't agree with some of what you said.
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