Movie Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

by @edent | #

A movie poster featuring cut-outs of the cast.

A modern take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles. Written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the 1850 novel by Charles Dickens. It stars Dev Patel as the title character.

This is such a joyous movie. It is a fast, funny, and beautifully shot piece. I’ve no idea how faithful it is to the original. Frankly, I don’t care. A movie is a separate type of art to a book and deserves separate treatment.

One of the most lovely things about it is how generous the cast is with each other. No one tries to steal the show or outshine the others. Like a fine ensemble they give everything in the service of the rest of the players.

I can’t really understand why the release was repeatedly delayed. Still, a great comedy for these dark times.

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