Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw and Hugh Laurie are among the stars of Armando Iannucci ‘s new drama / comedy, The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Iannucci promises a fresh take on Dickens’ semi-autobiographical story set in the 1840s. We’ll get o watch as Copperfield navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From unhappy childhood to storyteller…
‘It was a joke. I’m sorry. I’ve been attempting to learn general men’s humour from a book‘
I love this line and its delivery. Also, I’ve seen bothThe Thick Of It Veep so I’m quite sure this should be good. Bring on the ‘madness!’
Sophie McShera, Aneurin Barnard, Benedict Wong, Peter Capaldi, Rosalind Eleazar, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, Ruby Bentall and Gwendoline Christie also star.
When I saw the trailer for Academy Award winning director, Brad Bird’s latest sci-fi, Tomorrowland, I wasn’t particularly wowed/ hugely interested. That’s probably because it looked like a kids sci-fi, which it kind of is. Still, I was a little curious, especially with George Clooney as one of the stars.
The future of humanity, optimism and time travel are key themes in Tomorrowland. Its main character is an optimistic teenage science enthusiast played by Britt Robertson. Unfortunately, for reasons I’m not quite certain of, I found myself not really able to connect with Robertson’s protagonist. Not to say that the character’s positive outlook and general optimism didn’t sit well with me, or that it isn’t correct. It’s likely that the general story just didn’t provide the necessary elements required or provide them in the right way (if at all) in order for a connection to happen. It could also be that I’m simply not the target market.
I do have a favourite thing about Tomorrowland and that is the meaning behind the story about ‘feeding the wolf’. Beyond that, Bird’s film just feels like a long winded and not particularly well structured way of saying one thing about the importance of optimism and creativity, especially as it pertains to the future of our planet and everything in it.
Watch Tomorrowland if you absolutely must. However, if you’re just not that curious, the following is a SPOILER / quote of the feeding the wolf story that I mentioned:
‘There are two wolves and they’re always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which wolf wins…? Whichever one you feed’
Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn also star.