Charles Dickens ’classic novel has been condensed into a two-hour film that moves from one coincidence to another like the best silent films.
The Life and Deeds of David Copperfield, directed by Armando Iannucci. Starring Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw. Length 119 min. K12. ★★★★
Masterful black comedy The events surrounding Stalin’s death (The Death of Stalin) directed and edited by Armando Iannucci has this time done something quite different from black: the joy of life, bright colors, amazing clothes, and adventures that take thoughts to the golden and grim moments of your own childhood and youth.
In addition to these The Life and Deeds of David Copperfield (The Personal History of David Copperfield) is an ode to the power and imagination of language, as is the novel on which the film is based.
The film is an adaptation Charles Dickensin novel David Copperfield, which is perhaps the most classic autofictional novel. It’s a biography of a fictional person named David Copperfield, but in many places Copperfield’s life directly mirrors Dickens ’life. The mixture of myth and truth reveals the most important connection between Copperfield and its creator, Dickens: a love of language, of its expressive power.
Iannucci has revealed himself in his previous creations as a similar figure of power in English expression. My personal favorite of Iannucci’s fluff is In the politics piece (The Thick of It), when Peter Capaldin played by Malcolm Tucker responds to his office door knocking with the phrase “come the fuck in or fuck the fuck off”.
Just as great a single flirt isn’t in David Copperfield, but it’s full of them. So full that the Finnish texts do not keep up.
Iannucci is together with his longtime screenwriter assistant Simon Blackwellin with created a two-hour film about a more than 700-page novel that stops in different places just because it takes time to leave again. There is no time to yawn, the pace is like in the best action movies.
Or perhaps rather in the best silent films. For example, almost all the scenes with Mr. Micawber (Capaldi) are a neatly made slapstick. When the creditors first grab the clock on the table through the window of the clock and then wrap the carpet with them from the slit of the threshold so that the child on the carpet threatens to go along, we are Charlie Chaplinin and Buster Keatonin in the wake of the best works.
David Copperfield is, in the view of this film arrangement, primarily a comedy.
Capaldi once again does a great job in his role, but so do many others: Ben Whishaw the twilight Uriah Heepina is remembered, Hugh Laurie as Mr. Dick with a mental health problem, he is as sympathetic as Bertie Wooster, played by Laurie in ancient times, Benedict Wong as a benevolent drunkard, Mr. Wickfield makes you smile, Rosalind Eleazar makes a compelling debut film role as Agnes Wickfield, Tilda Swinton is once again almost stealing the whole show, now David ‘s aunt as Betsey Trotwood, and Morfydd Clark makes David’s first wife Nora credibly eccentric.
Of these with side characters makes the mind stay alive. The main focus is still on the main character, David Copperfield Dev Patel. He supports the film, and his character supports it as well.
Patelin Copperfield appears to watch her own birth, as the film tells the story of Copperfield, who recounts her own life, and how the English language and imagination help, no matter how life would otherwise hit her head. David adapts to the expectations of others about him, but the mind is free. When the marriage with the first wife doesn’t go well, Nora realizes she doesn’t fit the story and asks David to write her out of it. David does the work as instructed. Nora disappears.
Yes, Dev Patel has an Indian background and plays in a 19th-century English-based story. Dickens was certainly not a Patel-looking man when he imagined the life of David Copperfield, or in many ways himself. But then what? The original story is fiction, and even if it were a fact, it should be matched by how the arranger pleases.
Iannucci has done a color-blind role-playing, which he would hope to become more common, unless then explicitly intended to make an inhorealistic historical epoch. Otherwise, both old and new stories are stories, and you can imagine anything. They belong to just about everyone, with language you can do anything.
Interpretation of stories also belongs to everyone. Iannucci’s version of David Copperfield can also be seen through Patel’s role as a story about an immigrant who loves the language of his new country of residence so much that when he finally learns to use its full expressive power through several twists and turns, nothing stops him.