Mike Leigh‘s movies are works of art, so it’s no stretch for the master to take on another. He did it before with much fun and flare about Gilbert & Sullivan in 1999’s Topsy-Turvy, and he does it again, with JMW Turner in his lush AND drab Mr Turner
You should go see this, no questions asked. Why? Wait, that’s a question. Well, as we’ve said before… When a Mike Leigh film is released, without question, you should go and see it. The man is incapable of bad filmmaking, and if you’ve seen anything he’s made, we’re sure you’ll agree
In Mr Turner, Leigh paints JMW’s life with very broad strokes, but he certainly pours on the minute details. It begins with Turner at the height of his career, and follows him to the coughy-end, when photography was on the rise, and his style of painting and his health was on the decline
Leigh couldn’t have reached the finish line so masterfully if he hadn’t turned to longtime collaborator Timothy Spall to embody the big bodied painter. Spall’s performance is of few words, but many many many grumbles, sneers, blurps, and gasps of breath, and it’s engrossingly amazing
The film is literally watching paint dry, and yet it’s the opposite of boring + it’s a Mike Leigh film, which means you should go see it. Why? NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!!!!!!!!!!!
Verdictgo: Breast In Show
Mr Turner turns it on today, in limited release
and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…