The Personal History of David Copperfield Reviews

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December 16, 2020
It is Dev Patel who carries this ensemble with great flair, looking every inch the boy who has fallen upon hard times and longs to be recognised as the gentleman he is.
October 30, 2020
An exuberantly optimistic film celebrating the life force of art and eccentricity. Who couldn't use a little of that right now.
September 18, 2020
The new film adaptation, co-written by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, takes that human energy as its lifting-off point, and is simply too faithful, rich, and bright to be dimmed by the circumstances of its release.
September 10, 2020
As for Patel, he makes a wonderful Copperfield -- sturdy, kind, charismatic, and filled with a childlike curiosity and wonder even into adulthood (and, of course, great hair).
September 3, 2020
[Iannucci] is clearly at home with sprawling casts of characters and comfortable allowing them to chew the scenery when the mood comes over them.
August 31, 2020
To Dickens purists this contemporary view ofDavid Copperfieldmay be a bit too radical, but I was certainly entertained. It suffers only in comparison to a beloved movie that swept me off my feet when I was an adolescent
August 29, 2020
A sincere affection for and understanding of the source material shines through in its wit and good nature.
August 29, 2020
...filled with clever if obvious commentary on institutionalized class snobbery.
August 28, 2020
...the actual musicality of Iannucci's staging for the camera... dialogue, blocking, sound, the handheld camera. It's brisk, and the best scenes feel like you could set a metronome to them.
August 28, 2020
Crafting a don't-miss movie out of Charles Dickens' 1850 doorstop of a novel, Amando Inannicci and a sublime cast, led by a never-better Dev Patel, add a blast of mad, modern irreverence that is totally irresistible.
August 28, 2020
I wanted to embrace this one for its bright spirit... Truth be told, though, the film, which Mr. Iannucci directed from a screenplay he wrote with Simon Blackwell, is blissed out on its own cleverness and ultimately exhausting.
August 28, 2020
Nimble, appealing and attuned to the nuances of Dickens' spirit, Patel is a good Copperfield for today, a bright young man who's able to overcome adversity and go far.
August 28, 2020
So how would Dickens greet the latest film? He would, I reckon, be roused by its momentum and proud of its unblushing theatricality.
August 28, 2020
A boisterous hymn to the creative impulse and a celebration of memory and imagination.
August 28, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield can be deliciously, viciously devious in its pursuit of laughter.
August 28, 2020
As jubilant and shrewdly observed, as touching, as romantic, as exciting, as the novel itself.
August 27, 2020
Every cast member is hilarious. Dickens will be LOL'ing in his grave.
August 27, 2020
As he relates his story, is David remembering correctly? Is he a reliable narrator? Who knows? But he's definitely a fleet, funny and warmhearted one.
August 27, 2020
A souped-up, trimmed-down adaptation so fleet and entertaining that its cleverness doesn't immediately register.
August 27, 2020
Iannucci is a master at locating absurdity everywhere he looks, and he recognizes that few things are more absurd than ingrained prejudice and received wisdom.
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