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.