This calls for a celebration… Hooray! – The Personal History of David Copperfield, 2020

Happy March everyone. Did you enjoy your extra day of February? We’ll see you in 4 years time, 29th! During the end of January, I saw many films. I know this is a tad late to the party, but here is my review for The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Dev Patel as David Copperfield – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Film 4, 2020

Here is a brief plot summary – The Personal History of David Copperfield is a story of Copperfield’s life, from his youth into adulthood. He has an amazing childhood, with his mother, father and nanny Peggort. When his father dies, his mother remarries a cruel man named Mr Murdstone, who regularly beats him. David is sent to work in Murdstone’s factory, where he isn’t told about his mother ever again. Not until it’s too late. After being told this, David trashes the factory and runs away to his very odd aunt. But things still go wrong for David, when he meets a rather slimy man named Uriah Heep.

Dev Patel as David Copperfield – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Film 4, 2020

I want to talk about the blind casting of this film. Normally, I find that if something is set in a specific time period, blind casting can be jarring. In 1917, I didn’t see the reason for the Indian soldier, as he wouldn’t have been in a regiment that he was placed. It felt like it was just a political correctness thing, a tick box exercise. However, the fact that race does not play large here, no one comments on someone’s race, people are just people, didn’t draw away from my watching of this film. In fact, the fact that people were picked on the talent enhanced the viewing for myself and my family. Dev Patel plays an amazing David Copperfield, and it was like I was watching the story come alive on the screen. I would re-watch this film in a heartbeat. The who’s who of British tv and screen play amazingly on screen for this film, and I really recommend people go see it.

Have you seen David Copperfield? What did you think of the blind casting? Leave a comment below!