Author Topic: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield  (Read 9295 times)

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2020, 10:34:02 PM »
I really enjoyed this. Haven't read the book though. Tried a Christmas Carol once and thought it was florid wank. Is the book David Copperfield florid wank with a good story lurking behind it?

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2020, 11:15:18 PM »
if you think A Christmas Carol is florid then you arent going to like any of his stories. It's probably the simplest and easiest to read thing he wrote. And considering it's pioneering for introducing time travel to fiction, I think it's pretty fucking good.

I'd accept Tale of Two Cities is a bit florid but most of Dickens is very readable and quite prosaic (in a literary sense).

i've never read David Copperfield or seen an adaption so im hardly qualified to talk about this, but I did see when he made the statue of liberty disappear.

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2020, 04:06:35 PM »
Urgh saw this last night with reasonably, but not massively, high expectations.. thought it was piss poor. The story was all over the place, the characters were beyond cardboard cutout (yes I know it's not meant to be realistic but you need to at least create characters that are believable in the context of the film), mainly was just left with the feeling of - what was the point of making that.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2020, 04:20:11 PM »
Benedict Wong was good as the pisshead guy. Made me pine for more 15 Stories High, or at least wish for more comedic roles for him.

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2020, 10:02:37 PM »
It was quite entertaining, mostly because of good performances all round, but even though I've not read the book (perhaps I will now), I found it very obvious that lots had been cut out. Perhaps it would have been better as a TV series.

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« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2020, 08:18:47 PM »
I went to a screening of David Copperfield in Bristol a few weeks back where Iannucci was giving a Q&A and intro. I quite enjoyed the film and the subsequent Q&A after. I managed to catch him as he was leaving and got my thick of it box set signed. The surprising thing was that he hadn't ever seen this box set before! It makes you wonder how much creators really give an eye on whats outputted.

Anyway i think he signed it accordingly. Top bloke.



Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2020, 09:34:39 PM »
This wasn't the funniest Iannucci film but it was certainly his best. Damn great.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #37 on: February 04, 2020, 05:02:15 PM »
I thought it was OK. Visually pretty but a bit too clean.

Dev's Copperfield was really quite bland, especially in comparison to the overly grotesque Dickensian caricatures from Laurie, Capaldi, Swinton etc.

And it suffered from the same thing as all this contemporary films which try to tell a 'bigger than one film' story through an ensemble cast and a set of fragments. It just felt too fragmented. Like shards of a broken mirror competing to see which one can be the most reflective.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2020, 12:54:42 PM »
Urgh saw this last night with reasonably, but not massively, high expectations.. thought it was piss poor. The story was all over the place, the characters were beyond cardboard cutout (yes I know it's not meant to be realistic but you need to at least create characters that are believable in the context of the film), mainly was just left with the feeling of - what was the point of making that.

Agreed. I saw it yesterday and thought it was bollocks. A waste of a great cast. And bollocks.

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2020, 05:03:32 PM »
If you didn't enjoy this film I genuinely pity you. So much to enjoy about it.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #40 on: February 10, 2020, 05:10:26 PM »
Aye it's class.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #41 on: February 10, 2020, 05:32:24 PM »
I saw it on Saturday night, and found it funny and moving at different points. I literally laughed... and sorry to say I had to wipe away an actual tear too - when he told his young self it would be ok. And when he realised who he loved. But I'm a soft boy, who's had a bad year.

I haven't read the book, and the couple of BBC adaptations I remember were quite a while ago - I am sure in those days before the iPlayer the problem with them was that you were guaranteed to miss at least one episode... but you could kind of tell that the novel was written as a serial (it was, wasn't it?). Was the joke about his fiancee being written out a reference to that?

I don't want to say 'it's brilliant', but only because I fear my opinion has no credibility.

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2020, 11:03:12 AM »
This was just what I wanted. I have read Copperfield and not sure a huge amount was lost in the cuts from memory (a couple of the more tragic elements and Traddles), given the novel itself is bloated. I prefer Dickens to be interpreted in a lighter way, as the stories inevitably have a fairytale ending regardless.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2020, 08:56:34 PM »
I really, really loved this. I am unfamiliar with the book and needless to say it's a ripping yarn, but in terms of a piece of filmmaking I thought it was bursting with ideas, terrific performances and a fabulous soundtrack. It zipped along but it never felt crammed. I mean, not that my opinion is worth a fig but it actually cruised into my all time favourites, I was beaming for hours afterwards. It's certainly Iannucci's finest. I would love to see him tackle some more Dickens.

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2020, 10:27:22 PM »
"Armando's Tale of Charles Dickens" is on BBC4 tonight at 11pm, btw; Iannucci talking about why he thinks Dickens is brilliant. It's also got Barry Cryer, Kevin Eldon, and (more's the pity) Phill Jupitus in it.

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #45 on: February 21, 2020, 07:13:58 PM »
Thought this was surprisingly different for Iannucci and also surprisingly similar to the recent Little Women film - director known for comedy makes an earnest, sugary adaptation of classic literature and puts a postmodern twist about changing the ending of the book into it.

Quite liked it. Some really good performances and sweet moments. Bit BBC naff in some areas.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #46 on: June 16, 2020, 11:26:44 AM »
This is now available and I do plan to watch it over the next couple of days, no idea what to expect though, I don't think I've ever seen such a wide variety of opinions on a film from absolutely fucking loved it to wouldn't rub my dog's nose in it.

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #47 on: June 16, 2020, 11:29:40 AM »
Apparently, based on my post directly above, I quite liked this, which is odd because when I think back to it now I think it was a bit annoying and I didn't like it.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #48 on: June 16, 2020, 05:46:19 PM »
Apparently, based on my post directly above, I quite liked this, which is odd because when I think back to it now I think it was a bit annoying and I didn't like it.

Well now I don't know who to believe.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #49 on: June 17, 2020, 05:43:01 PM »
sorry to go against the flow here but I didn't like it at all, it was irritating, unfunny and reminded me of the Cohens' Hail, Caesar which really got on my tits, I wanted to like it but it just left me cold, switched it off after giving it an hour and watched The Fisher King instead, I'm a simple soul obviously.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #50 on: June 19, 2020, 12:14:26 AM »
And you're not going against the flow either, it seems an even split of opinion.

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #51 on: June 19, 2020, 03:10:53 PM »
I guess so, it'll be interesting to hear Iannucci talking about it on the Kermode & Mayo show on 5live this afternoon

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Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #52 on: June 21, 2020, 01:31:22 PM »
would be funny if he thought it was shit n all

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #53 on: June 24, 2020, 10:36:49 AM »
I couldn't work out if I thought it was shit or not. Fairly indifferent. Felt too frantic to me, I couldn't get a handle on the characters or the plot really. Felt overstuffed. The scenery chewing felt a bit cartoonish as well. Dev Patel is a phenomenally bland actor, always seems to be outdone by the actors playing the younger version of his character, and same thing happened here.

Re: Armando Iannucci's The Personal History Of David Copperfield
« Reply #54 on: June 24, 2020, 09:27:46 PM »
I never realised how much Ben Wishaw looks like Ian Beale.

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