The Personal History of David Copperfield
Directed by: Armando Iannucci
UK/USA, 2019, 119m
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.