Certainly performances are the film's greatest asset, particularly a tour de force by Geoffrey Rush (minus just the occasional Australian twang slipping though) and highly impressive turns by Watson and Theron. And it is a Sellers feast: The film depicts his professional rise from the time he's catapulted into film as a result of the success of The Goons, a troupe of BBC radio comic anarchists, culminating in "The Pink Panther," "Dr Strangelove" and "Being There," followed by his downward spiral. The writers and Hopkins go to great lengths to recreate the era through music and art direction, and highlight screen personae from his prolific 70-movie repertoire. But the movie becomes a victim of its own ambitions. Just as Sellers lacked a center, so too does this movie. There are too many styles and dizzying surreal impressionistic brush-strokes which fail to coalesce into a coherent vision. There are enjoyable and insightful patches and vignettes, but it's tonally too discordant to fuse into a satisfying work that the master satirist's life deserves. Possibly Hopkins was out of his depth here. It would be interesting to have seen what a more sophisticated director might have made of the Sellers enigma. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, Emily Watson, John Lithgow, Stanley Tucci, Miriam Margoyles and Stephen Fry. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Produced by Simon Bosanquet. An HBO Films release. Biographical drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 129 min.