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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 28 August 2020 (USA)
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Releases August 28, 2020
A modern take on Charles Dickens's classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.

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Armando Iannucci

Writers:

Simon Blackwell (screenplay by), Charles Dickens (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fisayo Akinade ... Markham
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Mrs Steerforth
Albie Atkinson Albie Atkinson ... Mealy Potatoes
Aneurin Barnard ... Steerforth
Tuwaine Barrett Tuwaine Barrett ... Referee Boy
Nigel Betts ... Creditor
Ruby Bentall ... Janet
Darren Boyd ... Murdstone
Peter Capaldi ... Mr Micawber
Gwendoline Christie ... Jane Murdstone
Morfydd Clark ... Clara Copperfield / Dora Spenlow
Daisy May Cooper ... Peggotty
Matthew Cottle ... Mr Spenlow
Faisal Dacosta ... Mick Walker
Glen Davies Glen Davies ... Coalman
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A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David's journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, color and humanity. Written by yusufpiskin

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1800s | fate | kite | orphan | child labour | See All (16) »

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From rags to riches... and back again

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and brief violence. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The theatre scenes were filmed at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds the last remaining Regency theatre in England See more »

Goofs

In Dickens' original novel, it is implied that Wilkins Micawber is slightly rotund, balding man. Quite the exact physical opposite of Peter Capaldi who plays him here, and much nearer to previous incarnations played by Bob Hoskins, Arthur Lowe and W.C. Fields. However as exact physical casting is not really adhered to in this film, it can be forgiven that the director also played loosely with his interpretation of this character (and asides from this, Capaldi's version of the character still portrays the blind optimism and shabby charm of Dickens character) . See more »

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Mr. Dick: A remarkable woman. Very kind.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are supposed to be listed in alphabetical order, however, Paul Whitehouse is billed above Ben Whishaw whereas they should be the other way around. See more »


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Westminster Is Full of Wigs/Old 1812
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Good acting quality, let down by appalling "Intersectionality" based miscasting
28 January 2020 | by newoc-heartmenderSee all my reviews

The lead actor, the gentleman (Dev Patel) acting skills is thoroughly impressive! 🙂🥇

His supporting cast is likewise impressive.

So why might one give this film only 4/10?

For me movies are about:

  • Believability and Escapism
The movie utterly fails on this regard with the over colourised casting of ethnic minority members #replacing what originally should've been a European White cast, being in the mid 1800s the story is set in.

I and my Mom wanted and expected to see a majority/overwhelmingly authenticity to Charles Dickens original story (and historical) settings...sadly this is not the correct "adaptation" for such hopes.

(N.B. I'm a coloured person as is my Mom).

For example:
  • I loved the Indian epic: Panipat, a beautiful Bollywood production that was fully immersive and with the correct casting of the ethnicity of its cast (i.e. all being middle Eastern/Indian subcontinent cast).


  • I also loved IpMan4 which was very accurate to its timeline and historical context of what the USA was like, in many ways then (and naturally, most of the cast was Oriental as accurately portraying the story context).


I don't understand why European and Hollywood seems to like to actively trash their ancestral heritage and stories, by artificially "colourising them up", that it becomes like a modern multicultural city in the West instead #Facepalm.

It spoils the temperament - story context and ultimately for my family trip to see this, the believable-escapism of what this movie was meant to do, that is:

*To take the audience onto a really immersive journey of escapism and authentic appreciation of what-it-was-like for Charles Dickens protagonist, in mid 19th Century Britain.

Such a disappointment, of intersectionalist ideology corruption into, what would otherwise have been a 6 or 7 out of 10 movie, had the story been true, to its original Western European roots.

A disappointed viewer from China & Hong Kong.


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Language:

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Release Date:

28 August 2020 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$15,600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,569,351
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