Rent The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)

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1h 47min
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Synopsis:
The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800's through to the 1930's, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the "electrical" mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy).
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Adam Ackland, Ed Clarke, Leah Clarke, Guy Heeley
Narrated By:
Olivia Colman
Writers:
Simon Stephenson, Will Sharpe
Aka:
Louis Wain
Studio:
Studio Canal (Optimum)
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/03/2022
Run Time:
107 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Making Of 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain'
  • The Man Behind the Cats
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/03/2022
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Making Of 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain'
  • The Man Behind the Cats

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Reviews (7) of The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Flawed Biopic of Famous Cat Artist Louis Wain - The Electrical Life of Louis Wain review by PV

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10/07/2022

In general, I liked this film, but found 3 things massively annoying:

1) the jarringly lewd, crude narration - the sort of thing posh writers in north London think is arch and funny, but which is neither.

2) the way dialogue is very 21st C middle class British, yet the film is set in late 19th and early 20th C Britain mostly. Some may like that, as stated on an extra MAKING OFF film here; I do not.

3) the usual woke pc colourblind casting. Again, very on tread and fashionable BUT Sir Henry Wood was not a black man - no more than Nelson Mandel was a white man, and no there were no black paperboys - or girl paperboys - in late 19th C London. It matters. Casting is visual - would anyone ever cast whitw actors as Zulu warriors or Indian Maharajahs? Nope. So why is the reverse considered cool?

BUT I loved the cats, and when they are there the film is perfect - the subtitle scenes are hilarious. I also enjoyed the extended 3rd act and the electric/mental illness theme.

I knew a lot about Louis Wain (and cats) before watching this, so also know which parts are true and which are not (the scandal re his marriage was because the governess was 10 years older tan Louis, so not about class). It is somewhat doubtful whether Mr Wain ever even met anyone black or Asian, to the absurd invented 'non-white' character he meets on a train is pure fake wokery. Pity. It is also not really true he 'invented' the keeping of cats as pets. Many had done that, and I could name scores from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries who did (authors etc).

SO 2 stars for the film (it could have been 4 without the above issues), and an extra star for the cats. 3 stars.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Beautifully acted disappointment - The Electrical Life of Louis Wain review by JG

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30/06/2022

The cast have given us a set of lovingly crafted characters whose quirkiness is initially endearing and amusing. However, what there is of a plot is spread thinly, and is somewhat repetitive, to the point where the film is a third longer than it should have been. No excuse then for the unexplained abrupt changes in attitude within the family members. I feel that the actors have been let down by a poorly assembled finished article.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Great story - The Electrical Life of Louis Wain review by AW

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07/05/2022

I loved this true story. I am huge cat fan,I have 3 myself and was given a book of Louis Wains paintings, which I loved, so was delighted to see the film. It was a lovely story, a crazy family situation with a sad romance ending for Louis. Well worth a watch I would say.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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