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The Look Of Love - Review inc minor plot spoilers

Frankie
user 8204205
Group Organizer
Leeds, GB
Post #: 787
A small but amusing bunch of film fans for this one, included Colin and Tom Mc, Mags and myself and also Jayne, in good form as usual, and her daughter Chloe who we've not met before, she was excellent company too, so good stuff cool. She does need to improve her pool skills but that's another story...

The movie was very entertaining and nicely portrayed, with the right balance struck between extravagance and pathos, and it became quite nostalgic at times, certainly for those of us old enough to remember the swinging early 70s when we lived in more liberated times.

The Look of Love is a biopic of the lives, loves, and times of Soho property developer and soft core impressario Paul Raymond, and centred around his working and sexual relationship with the 1970s UK Queen of Porn Fiona Richmond, who, as I recall, was in The Sun newspaper most days. She really was very famous back in the day, and was played here by UK actress Tamsin Egerton, who certainly instilled a layer of glamour to the character that may not have been true to life, but added to the entertainment nevertheless, she is truly gorgeous. The same can probably not be said of Steve Coogan's Raymond smile, but he was a good choice to play the lead role. I was grateful he used some familiar characteristics from his acting repertoire, and certainly the corny jokes that lightened the storyline were reminiscent of Coogan's comedic alter ego, Alan Partridge.

The other central storyline was Raymond's relationship with his 'triple D' (Darling daughter Debbie, nicely played by Imogen Poots) who lacked the charisma and talent to follow in daddies footsteps even if he never lost faith in her ability to do so, with typically tragic consequences. Key to the success of the movie was whether director Michael Winterbottom could establish the right performance from Coogan. It had to be slightly larger than life yet grounded in realism, whilst over acting had to be avoided at all costs.

As for the sexual scenes and nudity, these were tastefully done and I felt reflected the soft core industry that at times seemed at the heart of the media in this country, what with the Carry On films being forever on television, an explosion of Men's magazines (including Raymond's own Men Only) and page three girls hitting the tabloid newspapers. Sex sells, but it seldom sold as well as in the pre internet 1970s. Luckily I could just about reach the top shelf of my dad's newsagent's at the time, so I did my research for this movie well in advance tongue.

The times I was engrossed in the movie were not just when there was a bit of flesh on view wink, but I liked the realistic way that the characters interacted, which was very cleverly done, and extremely realistic for those times. Hell my elder brother had a suit and shirt identical to Raymond's estranged son Denny, and it was all these extra degrees of care in making the film that earn it a comfortable 8/10 - especially given the movie's subject matter and therefore the obvious constraints of a biopic: the need for factual content that is entertaining yet avoids wild embellishment, and the need to keep the running time to approximately 2 hours in length.
colin b.
user 42681342
Leeds, GB
Post #: 9
A good accurate review Frankie, I also felt that it was highly effective in telling its story of the man and the industry at the time and sprinkling in some humour to lighten the mood and keep the film travelling in the right direction, 8/10
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