|Starring:||Winona Ryder, Dylan Baker, Judy Davis, Andre Gregory, Melanie Griffith, Isaac Mizrahi, Bebe Neuwirth, Famke Janssen, Hank Azaria, Gretchen Mol, Kenneth Branagh, Joe Mantegna, Judy Davis, Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Isaac Mizrahi /, Michael Lerner, Greg Mottola|
|Run time:||1 hour 49 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Dire Woody Allen filmBy Philip Concannon from London , 16 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Did you know that lots of celebrities are shallow and self-obsessed? And apparently people will do anything to be famous. These are just two of the startling revelations in Woody Allen's dismally unfunny 'Celebrity'.
'Deconstructing Harry' may have been spiteful and self-indulgent, but it had serious points to make about the artistic process and was imaginatively put together. 'Celebrity' just seems like a load of off-cuts and ideas from other Allen movies thrown together in the hope of forming a script. Unsuprisingly it never gels and Allen just blunders from one half-baked scene to another.
And then there's the Kenneth Branagh problem. He seems to think that appearing as the lead in a Woody Allen film means you have to play Woody Allen. He copies Allens mannerisms and speech rythms completely and becomes unbearable after five minutes. Why did Branagh do this? Why did Allen let him? And why didn't Allen just play the role himself?
Judy Davis and Leonardo Di Caprio emerge with reputations intact, both giving excellent performances. But too many jokes fall flat and Allen's toothless satire winds up being every bit as shallow and vacuous as the people he targets.
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Nothing to celebrate.By Patse (2 reviews) from St. Neots , 11 Jan 2012I'm afraid we didn't finish watching this. I am a real Kenneth Branagh fan though more for Shakespeare than anything else. We thought that we ought to give some of his other films a viewing but found this boring and repetitive. Having seen 'Midnight in Paris' recently we also wanted to catch up with some of Woody Allen's films we'd missed but we should have listened to other reviewers who said that he had been off for a number of years.
Nodded offBy a customer , 01 Oct 2011Boring, manic, what was Kenneth Brannagh thinking of? Woody Allen is unique because he is what he is - Kenneth Brannagh is not. So dull only managed to get half way through before going back to my life.
Very DullBy a customer , 18 Sep 2011dull beyond belief - not one revelation or great line and Branagh dreadful as the Woody Allen stand-in - a weak visit to his favourite themes
Not Terrible...By Gillibean (1 review) from Glasgow , 09 Aug 2011After reading some of the other reviewers comments, I expected this to be awful but I wanted to see it for myself. It was not awful. It's not one of Woody Allen's best films but even an average Allen film is still a good film. It's not laugh out loud funny, it's not eye opening or hugely insightful but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The number of high profile actors making appearances throughout, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron, contributed well to the theme of the relevance of celebrity these days - this was covered quite extensively through people encountered by the main characters. The thing I disliked most was the main characters. When Woody Allen does not act in a film, the main actor usually acts like Allen anyway. I couldn't stop cringing at Kenneth Branagh and Judy Davis being awkward, neurotic and with Allen's speech patterns (still can't). But if you don't mind strange Allen impersonators and you like his films then give it a try.
Absolutely greatBy Ed Borszczow from London , 30 Aug 2010This is a very enjoyable satire, for people who can appreciate subtleties of intelligent humour. I will watch it many times over.