One to watch this week: The Personal History of David Copperfield
Tilda Swinton looks like she’s stepped straight out of a Tim Walker photograph, in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield. With her trademark quirk turned up as much as her nose (when it’s pressed against the window in her first appearance on screen), she accessorises her Victorian dress with an oversized straw hat and neatly-tied neck scarf and lives in a donkey-free zone, near Dover. Bright, breezy and entertaining, this is a good film to watch this week. The latest adaption of the Charles Dickens’ novel is beautifully designed and features a superb cast: Dev Patel plays David Copperfield, Tilda Swinton is his aunt Betsey Trotwood and Hugh Laurie is hilarious as her cousin Mr Dick. The kite-flying scenes and special bond between David and Mr. Dick are heartwarming and wonderful (I’ll say no more). Peter Capaldi stars as Mr Micawber, Rosalind Aleazar as Agnes, not to mention Gwendoline Christie and Anna Maxwell Martin, and Ben Whishaw is the creepy Uriah Heep, ‘ No sense of personal space, he gets so close to you sometimes he’s nearer than your own shirt.’
The Personal History of David Copperfield is a delight.