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"Welome to my World of Erotica!",
This review is from: The Look Of Love [DVD]  (DVD)
This semi comedic film sets about telling the story of one of the most colourful characters of the last century, well in England anyway. That was Paul Raymond, played by the nearly always, brilliant Steve Coogan. We start with the untimely death of his much loved daughter. He then reflects back on his life.
This is done by the film going back to the beginning of his sex empire and reverts to black and white which was a a good way to age the footage and we see how his philandering ways cost him his first marriage. We have him being a theatre impresario and the `art' of ladies with scant clothes on being his stock in trade. Raymond seems to like quoting Oscar Wilde which is also a nice touch. Whilst this is a comedy it is the script and the one liners that do most of the laughs. The actual on screen action is as much drama as anything else.
There is a host of supporting stars too with Chris Addison playing a very beardy `Men's Only' publisher. Anna Friel as Jean Raymond, Matt Lucas as Divine, David Walliams as a pervy vicar and even Stephen Fry putting in a very short appearance as a barrister. Coogan's make up is excellent and he ages really well throughout the 101 minutes of screen time. The soundtrack is great too with the likes of Roxy Music, T-Rex and even Cilla Black all getting an airing. There is a fair deal of mild nudity and a lot of `strong' words which are all in context and not gratuitous - unlike the nude ladies that is.
It has been criticised for lack of character development, but I think that was half the problem in that Raymond did not have to develop and so got round to it too late, also it is quite difficult to do that with such a long cast list. The main question should be is it any good? Well I for one really enjoyed it, the humour was just a part of the whole story the way it is in most real lives. The acting was all great and was camped up in all the right places. The poignant scenes were played with the right amount of pathos too. It was originally to be called `The King of Soho', but Paul Raymond's son Howard threatened legal action as he is working on a project of the same title about his father. All in all a really great film that I would be happy to recommend.