The Personal History of David Copperfield
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From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty, and wealth as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. David sets out to be a writer in his quest for family, friendship, romance, and status; however, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all. Charles Dickens’s beloved ode to grit and perseverance is re-imagined through the comedic lens of this film’s award-winning filmmakers, giving the tale new life for a cosmopolitan age, with ceaseless visual surprises and a wonderful cast, including Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, and Gwendoline Christie. Emmy winners and Oscar nominees Armando Ianucci (In the Loop, The Death of Stalin, Veep) and Simon Blackwell (In the Loop, HBO’s Succession) lend their wry yet heart-filled storytelling style to revisit Dickens’s iconic hero on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning author. Nominated for 11 British Independent Film Awards, this gloriously entertaining work puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on a truly timeless classic.
UK | USA, 2019, 119 minutes, Rated PG, Directed by Armando Iannucci
“A fast-moving yarn, sometimes hilarious and always entertaining.”– John DeFore, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“’The Personal History of David Copperfield’ is the most surprisingly hilarious and heartwarming film of the year.”– Ashley Menzel, WE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
“It's an utter joy to watch.”– Chris Evangelista, SLASHFILM
“A breezy, brilliant treat. Iannucci may have softened the bite of his comedy but replaces it with something remarkably optimistic and buoyant, telling a story as joyously relevant as it was a century-and-a-half ago."– John Nugent, EMPIRE MAGAZINE
“Everything rattles and zings like a pinball machine, and it's a bracing, entertaining, richly satisfying experience.”– Peter Bradshaw, GUARDIAN
“A vivacious adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, this is as wide-eyed and open-hearted as they come.”– Clarisse Loughrey, INDEPENDENT (UK)