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Screener Squad: The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield Movie Review


Writer/director Armando Iannucci is best known for his rapid-fire political satires like the film “The Death of Stalin” or the tv series “Veep” and here he steps a bit out of his comfort zone into the world of classic Charles Dickens. Dev Patel plays the lead character in a film that has made an intentional choice to make the racial casting irrelevant to the telling of the story (at least, outside of some subtextual commentary here and there). He’s only part of an all-star cast of legends like Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, and Peter Capaldi as they tell the classic Dickens tale in a considerably compressed version, and one aiming more for laughs than drama. But what did Chris, Mindy, Brad, and Jordan think about these choices? There’s no small amount of contention about some of them, but overall this late summer pick comes highly recommended. Check out their review here.


DIRECTED BY: Armando Iannucci

STARRING: Dev Patel, Jairaj Varsani, Aneurin Barnard, Peter Capaldi, Morfydd Clark, Daisy May Cooper, Rosalind Eleazar, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Benedict Wong, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Darren Boyd, Gwendoline Christie, Matthew Cottle, Bronagh Gallagher, Anthony Welsh, Aimee Kelly, Anna Maxwell Martin, Victor McGuire, Peter Singh, Ruby Bentall, Divian Ladwa, Rosaleen Linehan, Sophie McShera

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