A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David's journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, color and humanity.Written by
Several supporting characters from the novel were not included in this adaptation. These include Mr. Barkis, who marries Peggotty, Littimer, Steerforth's manservant, and Rosa Dartle, companion to Mrs. Steerforth (Rose's characteristic scar was given to Mrs. Steerforth). See more »
In Dickens' original novel, it is implied that Wilkins Micawber is slightly rotund, balding man. Quite the exact physical opposite of Peter Capaldi who plays him here, and much nearer to previous incarnations played by Bob Hoskins, Arthur Lowe and W.C. Fields. However as exact physical casting is not really adhered to in this film, it can be forgiven that the director also played loosely with his interpretation of this character (and asides from this, Capaldi's version of the character still portrays the blind optimism and shabby charm of Dickens character) . See more »
My late brother all over. Calls a house a rookery, takes the rooks on trust. A better name would have been Gullible Manor.
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The end credits are supposed to be listed in alphabetical order, however, Paul Whitehouse is billed above Ben Whishaw whereas they should be the other way around. See more »
Really enjoyable Sunday night viewing. The film felt dreamy and this worked well with the narrator recounting the memories of his life whilst writing and showing us how life itself the sole source for writing. The whole thing had a bit of a Wes Anderson feel but this may have been because Tilda Swinton was in the film and the characters were very eccentric! Definitely give it a go!
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