Very recently I watched Lolita 1962 and Dr. Strangelove 1964 by Stanley Kubrick and I loved Peter Sellers performances. Dr. Strangelove in my opinion is a masterpiece. Lolita was fine, boring at times and only Peter's presence kept me interested in it. Bottom line I loved Peter Seller and decided to google him and then I ended up watching this movie. *Fangirling* I know :D
Geoffrey Rush gives us a splendid performance as Mr. Sellers. Trust me, it must be his career's toughest acting job. Portraying an actor who did so many characters and had no real personality of his own is a real challenge and he did it so amazingly. Hats off to him.
Supporting cast was really good. I just found it hard to believe that Stanley Tucci was Stanley Kubrick. hmm that was a bit let down. (not his acting wise though)
So did I like the movie? I gave it a 7 because of the performances but in order to really get what is going on in the movie you have to know a little bit of Peter Sellers life before. Like for instance, no timeline is mentioned whatsoever. So we know it is linear but we don't know the yr in which this all is happening.So we jump from goons to early movies and then to Bafta in like minutes. I was like it went that fast? really? So I was googling movies to check which yr of his life we were in then. Looking at Peter was no help he was pretty much same throughout 60s.
I also think that considering his will and his children not getting enough share from it, we should have seen the reason for it. I wish his relation with his children was explored better in the movie. I wish we would know better why he broke up with Ekkland because in movie she is looking like a perfect wife.
This movie has been made with quite fondness for Peter Sellers and his life which in reality was quite sad. In the end when he was all lonely, I wanted to go back in time and hug him. :/