This was a fantastic and brilliantly made historical drama, about the real creation of the 1st edition of the oxford english dictionary. how historically correct it is i shall not judge,but as to wikipedia, he got his proffesorate almost post mortem in 1908, so the accuracy may be a bit of level,but james murray i knew who he was. its a film for everyone, but some interest in the alphabet, and a bit knowledge of history may boost this film alot. its is also a film for the profound lover of filology, because its filology to the fingertips. the only thng i really miss in this glorious production, are the timelineinformation, because earth wasnt made in one day,and so wasnt the OED either, it was completed officially sometime in the late 1920's.
tha cast consists of a ton of hevyweighters from british,american to australian actors, and the highlander and geordie dialects tweets like a songbird throughout the whole movie. i love the choice of sean penn as the madman, he does act and have the appearence of a mad man for sure, in a setup like this film the normal choice of delivery for this kind of film would normally have been ben kingsley i'm glad they didnt cause i guess mr kingsley would SPLIT into thousand pieces of GLASS, in seer dispair of all the biographical roles he has acted, ghandi,eichman and so on. also mel gibso gives this film the glory it shall have because they played darn good together, mr gibson and mr penn.bravo
i must also mention the character mr munch, the prison/hospital guard played by eddie marsan and mre murray played by jennifer ehle, they both make some excellent performances on the screen, they give sanity,hope and humanity to this film by their acting.
i love the way they talked or conversated in this movie, and that mustve been due to a good script, and possibly by help from a linguist. the diction and tone a so very well balanced thats it a sheer joy to just listen to what is said. the score are of the same era of time, and see if you can count how many times it pauses, or for how long you forget that the music are really there. magnificently done and dacapo to that.
the filmography and editing are in my sense of view flawless, the glow of light and sound near perfect, and the playtime were , for an old grumpy man, with a hang on weird science and history, perfect. its a great movie that you should not miss, its a lovely and positive in its use of word and action.
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