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The Personal History of David Copperfield Rated PG

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Dir. Armando Iannucci. UK, 2019. 1h 59m. Starring Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, Paul Whitehouse

Good-hearted, aspiring writer David Copperfield grows up surrounded by the wickedness and inequality of Victorian England as he sets out on a quest for literary status. British satirist Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin, The Thick of It) proves that some stories are timeless in this modern, funny, and brilliantly buoyant spin on a Dickens' classic.

'Astutely amplifying the absurdist – and remarkably modernist – elements of his source, Iannucci and co-writer Simon Blackwell conjure a surreal cinematic odyssey that is as accessible as it is intelligent and unexpected.’ ★★★★★ Mark Kermode, The Observer

'A vivacious adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, this is as wide-eyed and open-hearted as they come.’ ★★★★ Clarisse Loughery, The Independent