Cat's Meow details
|Starring:||Joanna Lumley, Victor Slezak, Claudia Harrison, Jennifer Tilly, Eddie Izzard, Victor Slez, Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
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A beautifully shot filmBy a customer from Paignton, Devon , 23 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Peter Bogdanovich is a man I?m inspired with, by any means. It's fantastic that he is now back on our cinema screens where he rightfully belongs (although the episode he directed for The Sopranos 'Sentimental Education' was terrific) I?m just thrilled cinema has him back.
On with the review, from the very first shot, it?s evident. The cinematography is pitched somewhere between the exquisite and the sublime. Capturing the musky air, the dusty velvet, the glamour, and the mystery... every sense of the 20's is here. This theme is wonderfully prevalent throughout its running time. Also included are some wonderfully wicked performances. The two main leads, the gorgeous Kirsten Dunst whom, in my opinion, represents the best actress Hollywood has to offer. Here she wonderfully plays star of the silver screen, Marion Davies. Focusing on her ongoing affair with a rather dapper Charles Chaplin played by the talented Eddie Izzard. Both give believable and warming performances to the characters they portray. But for me, it was Elinor Glyn played by the fab Joanna Lumley. I have no doubt Joanna Lumley's favourite book was Elinor Glyn's 'Three Weeks'. He she creates a truly wonderfully, sexy, witty, darkly erotic, character, these elements are never hard to find in any Joanna Lumley performance.
Wonderfull film, some lovely performances and an atmosphere alight with the roaring 20's.
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A missed opportunity.By a customer from Ipswich, England , 11 Jun 2007A fairly respectable cast, a renowned director, an intriguing tale of murder and cover-up in the golden age of Hollywood which implicates several of the biggest names of the time...sounds like the ingredients for a fascinating film? Unfortunately this is not it.
This film could have been so much more, a multi-layered mystery, a discussion on the corrupting influence of money in glamourous American society, or a critical indictment of modern Hollywood by proxy. But instead it's a rambling melodrama of love triangles and business deals. The sad thing is that this is the most watchable performance I've seen Kirsten Dunst put in. Eddie Izzard is amusingly cast as Charlie Chaplain, which was the main draw for me. All in all the Cat's Meow fails to entertain as a watchable whodunit and stands as a hollow reminder of a missed opportunity.
DisappointingBy a customer from Glasgow, Scotland , 15 May 2007Only got as far as an hour in to this, so perhaps my review is not as comprehensive as it should be. Although I'm a big fan of Eddie Izzard, I was very disappointed in this. Slow, unconvincing and lacked any kind of grip. Didn't care what happened - I believe there's a murder committed and frankly I'd have killed them all! - and stopped watching before i fell asleep.
Gets BetterBy a customer from Surrey , 27 Mar 2007This film started slowly and seemed to lack any sparkle despite a fairly well known cast. Was very close to switching off but kept viewing and it turned out not half bad after all. Second half picked up considerably and it became fairly engrossing to watch. Eddie Izzard was weak in his role and made Charlie Chaplin out to be not a very pleasant character. Come to think of it none of the charcaters were very appealing which was probably a true reflection of the early days of Hollywood.
enjoyableBy a customer from kent, england , 25 Apr 2006really enjoyed this.
excellent cast, but i felt it could have done with more 20s debauchery!
enjoyableBy a customer from Plymouth Devon , 15 Mar 2006A period drama starring Eddie Izzard, as charlie chaplain. Kirsten Dunst Edward Herrmann and Joanna Lumley. I must admit i had my doubts about this film at first, but as the story unrolled it grew on me.
Showing the seeder side of the glamous world of films and the lengths people will go to to have what they want. I recommend you should watch this film and judge for yourselves if Eddie Izzard has made it in films i think he has. Good story but still wasn't sure if it was a true event or not or just based on rumour.