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The Personal History of David Copperfield Review- Dev Patel shines in take on Dickens classic.

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Dev Patel as David Copperfield

Based on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History Of David Copperfield takes you on the journey of the leading character from his stressful and painful childhood, to being a writer and meeting Dora.

Much like Iannucci’s other work, this is a satire telling of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, which is presented in such a joyous way with all the whimsical characters we know from the book.

Patel truly shows why he was chosen to play David/Daisy/Dodie/Davie Copperfield. Director, Armando Iannucci and Producer, Kevin Loader mentions in our Q&A (which you can find our five key learnings from, later), how they ‘only ever had one candidate for David Cooperfield which was Dev Patel’. This is clearly shown, as he is an incredible casting choice on their behalf.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoff Robinson Photography/Shutterstock (9767433n) Dev Patel and Aneurin Barnard ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ on set filming, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK

A special shout out would have to go to Tilda Swinton who plays a hilarious character who just doesn’t like donkeys. That character alone was so right in the hands of Iannucci, as it’s silly characters like this, that are very over the top and silly that he does so well. 

The film, mainly at the start, felt very much like a stage play in how it was filmed and its acting style. Furthermore, there were many parts that reminded me of films like Paddington and Grand Budapest. However, as time went on, you kind of forgot about these element and enjoyed the movie for what it was and didn’t compare it to anything that came before it.

The Personal History Of David Copperfield is a really enjoyable film with every cast member giving an incredible, and at many points, hilarious performance. Some of the strongest parts sadly felt a bit rushed, but overall, it was charming. What a start to #LFF.



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