Rent The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

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1h 55min
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Synopsis:
Adapted from the classic novel by Charles Dickens, 'The Personal History of David Copperfield' brings to life one of the author's most cherished characters. From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield (Dev Patel) is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.
Actors:
, , , , , Albie Atkinson, , , , , , , , , , , Faisal Dacosta, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader
Voiced By:
James Daniel Wilson
Writers:
Simon Blackwell, Charles Dickens
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama, Music & Musicals
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2020
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Making of the personal history of David Copperfield
  • Behind the music
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2020
Run Time:
120 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Making of 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'
  • Behind the Music

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Reviews (17) of The Personal History of David Copperfield

Dreadful silly racist adaptation of Dicken's great autobiographical novel - The Personal History of David Copperfield review by PV

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14/09/2020

SO what about 'authentic casting' which is demanded for ANY non-white role?

David Copperfield is meant to be Charles Dickens who was not, as far as I am \aware, Indian.

This is utter nonsense and hypocrisy. The demand for socalled 'colourblind casting' is only made when BAME actors demand top play white roles. BUT what about white actors playing BAME roles? WHY no white Zulu tribesmen or white native Africans or Asians? WHY not cat a white as Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, reidents of black fantasy land Wakanda.

The activists pick and choose whenever they want 'colourblind casting' or 'authentic casting' and the one they want depends on nothing but their greed and self-interest. I call these racist hypocrites out.

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.

Woke and broke. Shameful racist pc posturing. No stars. Watch OLD versions of Dickens to avoid this depressing racist mind virus of woke. Watch DAVID LEAN'S Great version. Watch all the old films, not modern pc woke adaptations.

7 out of 18 members found this review helpful.

Really disappointing - The Personal History of David Copperfield review by AL

Spoiler Alert
23/08/2020

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.

4 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Condensed and tweaked - The Personal History of David Copperfield review by Pete W

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24/08/2020

An almost impossible task to cover David Copperfield in 2 hours, so I can see that shortcuts are needed. Parts of the film work, others clunk a bit. Dev Patel is good in the title role but Copperfield is not the main character in the book, he's the central point around which the other more eccentric characters revolve - seen in different ways (and called different names) by the other characters. Hugh Laurie is very touching as Mr Dick, Tilda Swinton a fearsome donkey bashing Betsy Trotwood. I couldn't decide whether I liked Ben Wishaw's creepy Uriah Heap but I really did not like Peter Capaldi as an accordion playing Mr Micawber. The denouement of the main plot and the unveiling of Heap's villainy is rushed. Why bother with the Yarmouth end of the story if you're going to completely change the outcome? A bit hit and miss.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Didn't work for me - The Personal History of David Copperfield review by SR

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09/10/2020

Personally, I loved the 'colour-blind' casting and would like to see more in films. Having said that, I gave up on the film after only watching half; I know the story well but this version was - dare I say it - just boring. Emotionless and flat despite its stellar cast.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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