Mr. Turner

Just a teensy bit disappointing, if I’m honest.

It’s always an issue with ‘biopics’ – what should the balance be between dramatising what we already know about a person, and telling us something totally new?

Timothy Spall has been getting all the praises for his portrayal of an actually slightly unpleasant man, and while I can’t deny it was an interesting performance, I was left a bit mystified as to why the women who loved him actually did, as he treated most of them quite poorly. I wanted to know more about how a man such as he ended up producing work in such a distinctive style, but what I got was a series of episodes which seemed to lack connection, and some of which could have been left out to improve the pace of this over-long film.

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