Lovelace (2013)

A skin flick star and her story of fame are the sizzling hot topic of this bio-pic and taken on by documentary directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, this film about Miss Lovelace is engaging and saucy to say the least but wonderfully more than that, it’s dramatic and provides insight. It may not be a films film, feeling at times like a TV doc, and the way some of it is handled is only surface deep but on the whole, ‘Lovelace’ deals well with opening our eyes on this woman’s life.

A 21 year old Linda Boreman (Amanda Seyfried) becomes a go-go dancer with best friend Patsy (Juno Temple). On that night she meets Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) who opens her eyes and mouth to a whole new sexual world. Traynor pushes Linda to become a porn star sensation and as Linda Lovelace she appears in Deep Throat, making her a huge name even if she isn’t so keen on being the celebrity she’s made to be.

It is clear to see the documentary style Friedman and Epstein possess. They obviously know how to handle factual matters and though some things in this film may be slightly tweaked, the weighty matters of Lovelace’s private life are portrayed with in a dark manner. It feels like a show on the telly enlightening us about the life and times of Lovelace, just with that extra added spice of movie shine.

The screenplay itself, by Andy Bellin is sometimes comic and sometimes very worrying as we see what happens to Linda. The way the film takes a new life is great to see and stops it from being a dull affair. There’s a moment in the story that sees an older Linda take a lie detector test and then we zoom back into the past. This film delightfully shows two sides of a coin, one being the glamorous showbiz world of hers and then the second grimier side shows her behind the doors subjected to fear and abuse by the hands of her husband Chuck. This works well in mixing up the plot and jumping about in time also, without this I fear the film could have suffered much much more.

The music of the feature is great, taking us back to the era of the wild 70’s. It funnily sounds like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, with a couple of tracks being ones used in the later Marvel movie! Stephen Trask does his best to compliment the louder radio tunes of the 1970’s with his score but a lot of his music pales away, only bits survive in the memory as building tension in key moments of Linda’s dark married life.

I can sort of see why reviews were critical as the film doesn’t live up potential and it does sadly focus a lot more on the body of Linda instead of the character which is odd considering it’s trying to build a case of aligning audiences with her as a person. Asides from this I rather enjoyed this film for what it is, it’s fun and has the moments of light and shade and the acting from most of this cast is brilliant.

Amanda Seyfried uses her expressive wide eyes to give Linda as much sympathy as possible. She plays the very sweet and innocent figure lovingly, putting you on her side from the beginning even if the film threatens to lose that. Seyfried looks gorgeous and dazzles as the billboard adult icon, her rise to this more confident person is evident and she gives Linda a journey to watch unfold. Peter Sarsgaard is a domineering force in this film, his masculine presence being of great concern as he looms about in several scenes. He wades into scenes like a tidal wave of power and control and Sarsgaard along with Seyfried triumph as the best qualities of the movie. Sharon Stone is fantastic and to be honest I didn’t even realise it was her until the credits appeared. James Franco is playing Hugh Hefner and that tells you all about the man, in another one of his roles that sees him smirk and keep me feeling that he’s a creepy individual.

‘Lovelace’ didn’t hit the big time at the box office in the same way the the real Lovelace did in the X-rated ‘Deep Throat’, but it does it’s best with its two main stars to tell quite a startling story about the rise of an adult entertainer and the fearsome life she came home to. Not overly lasting but solid enough to feed information about who Linda really was.

6/10

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