Mr. Turner

December 19, 2014

Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner in MR. TURNER. Photo by Simon Mein, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Directed by: Mike Leigh

Written by: Mike Leigh

Cast: Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Martin Savage, Lesley Manville, Karl Johnson, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Sandy Foster, Amy Dawson, Richard Bremmer

Rating: R (for some sexual content)

Running Time: 150 minutes

Mike Leigh’s MR. TURNER will be considered by the majority of the movie going public as too long and tedious (it’s 150 minutes). However, for those with a discerning eye and appreciation of character, MR. TURNER will be a welcome relief from the studio barrage of franchises and silly comedies. The film, devoid of an overbearing plot, is a character study of the salty and eccentric 19th century painter, J.M.W. Turner. Timothy Spall, the lead actor in the film, plays Turner with pure undistilled artistry and verve. Mike Leigh’s direction, as always, is theatrical without the theatrics. And Dick Pope, the film’s cinematographer, brings a saturated richness and beauty that is as integral to the film as Spall’s interpretation of Turner.

Grade: B+

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