The Personal History of David Copperfield2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020)
Critic Consensus: The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.
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The script extracts the essence of Dickens' style from the narrative while editing out the melodrama. If pushed, Iannucci and Blackwell prefer to be cryptic rather than risk any hint of the tendentious. And it's a message well absorbed by the whole cast.
A vivacious adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, this is as wide-eyed and open-hearted as they come.
Still, the film ultimately lives or dies on the strength of its central performance. And in Patel's hands it's a thing of beauty. You've got to love him.
If one scene could capture the whole movie, it would be Patel emerging from the Trotwood residence laden with pots and pans, bellowing and clattering to scare a passing donkey. We are all that donkey.
Needed to be fresh and fun to justify its existence and it is, often thanks to that scorching ensemble cast.
Also, Dickens's female characters are much improved, so all hail this showcase for the talent of Iannucci, a sly reminder that it's possible to be both a national treasure and a thorn in the establishment's side.
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