Must-Watch: Iannucci’s Retelling ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Is a Captivatingly Joyful Gem

Must-Watch: Iannucci’s Retelling ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Is a Captivatingly Joyful Gem
Photo: 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'/Searchlight Pictures In an age where film can exist purely for aestheticism, or for the pleasure of the mass audience, it is rare to find a story that is witty, cunning, and overall a delight to behold. ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’, written and directed by the acclaimed Armando Iannucci, manages to make a lighthearted, fast-paced tale out of Charles Dickens’ comparatively heavy Victorian Era novel, ‘David Copperfield’. The film, told in whimsical vignettes, follows the story of the titular character David Copperfield, played by the imitable Dev Patel, as he lives through his most unusual coming-of-age. Starting his life as a curious little boy, Copperfield is soon sent away when his mother marries a horrible, haughty man and works in a bottling factory until the news of his mother’s death drives him to seek new circumstances. Finding shelter with his
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