Film Review: Lovelace

Lovelace

Lovelace is an absorbing biopic of the infamous Linda Lovelace. The film boasts great performances, although a more nuanced depiction of the title character would have been welcome.

At the beginning of the 1970s, Linda Boreman is living with her parents in Florida. When she meets Chuck Traynor, she is initially charmed by him. When he gets her involved in the porn industry, the fame comes with an abusive lifestyle…

Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman divide the film into two perceptions. Lovelace offers two depictions of Linda’s foray into the porn industry. The first shows a willing participant. The film then flips, going back to show the other side, the underside really, with Linda being abused by her husband. The switch in perceptions is also a change in tone; with the second part much darker than the first. It is a good way to reflect the public and private persona of the title character.

Lovelace is a drama, with welcome flecks of humour. At first the film seems as if it will be similar to Boogie Nights, with its obvious parallel. Nonetheless, this is a more serious story, which is reflected in the tone.

Lovelace depicts Linda as a victim. It is a shame that the film does not go beyond this. That is not to say that she was not a victim, but merely that she was more than just this. It would have been interesting, for example, to depict her later interactions with feminists of the period.

Amanda Seyfried delivers a solid performance as Linda Lovelace. Peter Sarsgaard is most convincing as Chuck, while Adam Brody exhibits his comedy chops as Harry Reems. The soundtrack, costumes and styling really give a feel for the era.

Lovelace is not a comprehensive portrayal of Linda Lovelace. For what it is, however, the film is suitably engrossing.

Stuff To Look At

This week we have a clip from Pain & Gain, the Lovelace trailer, the Pacific Rim vault and the trailer for Filth

Pain & Gain

I know American audiences saw the film a lifetime ago, but I am super excited to see Pain & Gain. Marky Mark, The Rock, the 90s setting! Above is a clip from the film. Pain & Gain hits UK screens on 30th August 2013.

Pacific Rim 

Pacific Rim Poster

For the release of Pacific Rim on Friday, a vault of film-related treats has been compiled. The vault, which features clips, vlogs, and information on the various Jaegers, can be viewed here. I noticed there isn’t a robot shaped like a unicorn though. Something to think about, Guillermo del Toro.

Lovelace

Here is the first Lovelace trailer. The film stars Amanda Seyfried as infamous porn star Linda Lovelace. The trailer is a 1970s overload. Not least Chloë Sevigny’s hair. Given the setting and topic, Lovelace will face the inevitable comparisons to Boogie Nights. We’ll see how it does when the film is released on 23rd August 2013.

Filth

Filth is the new film based on Irvine Welsh’s novel. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt policeman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Filth is released in Scottish cinemas on 27th September 2013, and in the rest of the UK on 4th October 2013.