- The Personal History of David Copperfield review by AL
Maybe if you know the story already it helps. We started watching and really had no idea what was going on. Things moved so fast between scenes with strange relatives and, whoever popping up saying something strange very quickly and leaving. Thank god the DVD seemed to stop half way through, maybe it got fed up as well as us. Tried to watch it with my family as was a PG and marked as being a comedy. I thought if it was a comedy it was supposed to be even remotely amusing.
8 out of 10 members found this review helpful.
Dreadful silly colourblind casting adaptation of Dicken's great autobiographical novel
- The Personal History of David Copperfield review by PV
Colourblind casting is awful - and deeply selective of course as you do not see white actors casting ins 'African/Asian' stories playing Nelson Mandela or Asian heroes. Of course 'authentic casting' is demanded for ANY non-white role. Pure hypocrisy then.
David Copperfield was the autobiographical novel of Charles Dickens who was not, as far as I am aware, Asian/Indian.
SO that makes it all nonsense in my opinion. I avoid all colourblind casting movies now. I have NO objection to African or Asian or black stories having no white actors - like Moonlight (not one white face in that film, but that is how it is in some US cities and schools). Fine, The respect needs to be applied the other way too, to the 'white' British stories (a fact: when WWII started there were only 6000 black people in the UK. Just 6000. A tiny number of Asians. So please do not claim more).
BE AUTHENTIC in casting. Respect the author and the story.
AND Ianucci is an unfunny and over-rated writer and director too. Pleases the critics. Not the public. Just not as talented as he thinks he is or as metropolitan woke London movie critics.
No stars. Watch OLD versions of Dickens to avoid this depressing racist mind virus of woke. DAVID LEAN'S Great adaptations. Watch all the old films, not modern pc cololurblind casting tickbox adaptations. Oliver Twist, Great Expectation from late 1940s are all kids need to watch. Not this woke dross.
8 out of 28 members found this review helpful.
Staged and silly
- The Personal History of David Copperfield review by BE
This film was like a set of little stories strung together, it didn’t flow well and had some particularly bad acting from the supporting actors. Peter Capaldi also looked very out if place as Mr Micawber. The presentation of so many ‘people of colour’ in various roles, belied the writing of Charles Dickens and the times he lived in. I can see director, Armando Iannucci, homed in on the humour of the story, as opposed to the serious side but it really didn’t work.
8 out of 13 members found this review helpful.