Dev Patel in UK Trailer for 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'
by Alex Billington
October 2, 2019
"I can easily recall people of strong character. They weave their memory into my life's journey." Lionsgate UK has unveiled the first official trailer for the indie film The Personal History of David Copperfield, the latest feature made by acclaimed UK satirist Armando Iannucci (of In the Loop, The Death of Stalin). This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and also plays as the Opening Film at the London Film Festival this week. An avid Dickens fan, Iannucci adapts his story along with frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, employing his comedic mastery and vivid characterizations to bring to life one of Dickens' most cherished characters in The Personal History of David Copperfield. Set in Victorian England, the film follows Dev Patel playing Copperfield as he encounters all kinds of characters throughout his life. Also starring Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, and Paul Whitehouse. This has Iannucci's trademark satire & humor, and it honestly looks funnier than expected. Especially with that sumptuous cast.
First UK trailer for Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield, from YouTube:
From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield (Dev Patel) is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all. The Personal History of David Copperfield is directed by acclaimed Scottish satirist/filmmaker Armando Iannucci, of the films In the Loop and The Death of Stalin previously, as well as work on TV series "I'm Alan Partridge", "The Thick of It" and "Veep". The screenplay is written by Simon Blackwell and Armando Iannucci, adapted from Charles Dickens' novel. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and it's playing at the London Film Festival next this fall. Iannucci's Copperfield film opens in the UK starting January 10th, 2020 early next year. There's still no official US release date set yet - stay tuned for additional updates. First impression? Interested to see this?
Funnier than expected? How can you watched death of stalin and not expect another hilarious movie?
Jon Odishaw on Oct 2, 2019
Fair point. What I meant (sorry I couldn't explain fully in the post) is that I wasn't expecting an adaptation of The Personal History of David Copperfield to be THIS all-out funny. I was expecting more of a dramedy, or just a solid biopic, but this seems wickedly hilarious.
Alex Billington on Oct 2, 2019
Quirky in its own way. And an interesting cast. And Death of Stalin was good. So, there are mostly good sides of this. If it's not taken too seriously. Which seems to be intention here ...
shiboleth on Oct 2, 2019
My God! I just stopped reading the quotes from "In the Loop" literally 30 minutes ago! (I saw a gif featuring Capaldi)
kitano0 on Oct 2, 2019
This looks fantastic! I'm not much for period pieces, but this looks EXCELLENT!
THE_RAW_ on Oct 4, 2019
Good cast, but I was expecting a bit snappier, funnier lines from a trailer for a Ianucci film. The Death of Stalin was great, though, so I hope this won't be as mediocre as it looks here.
Terry Craig on Oct 6, 2019
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