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!

‘I’m fluent in Google Translate’ – Dr Strange, 2016

I’ll be the first to say it, I struggle to keep up with Marvel’s films. I wasn’t really into comics when Iron Man came out, so in my head the character is a bit over-rated. I have seen Avengers #1 and #2, Antman and now Dr Strange. I had always wanted to see it due to it having Benedict Cumberbatch (who’s name I was sure was a fake name until 3 seconds ago when I wiki’d it). It was on Sky Cinema, so as I was at Luke’s house he decided to put it on.

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Strange learning how to magic with Mordo – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

Dr Steven Strange is a world renowned brain surgeon – the beginning of the movie shows him operating, while dancing to a 1970’s song I can’t remember the name to. Unfortunately, his career comes to a steaming halt as he has a car crash (after basically texting and driving! Don’t do it kids!) His hands become unusable; they shake uncontrollably and he undertakes multiple operations to become healthy again. All of these fail, his hands still shake and he is now out of money – he presumably had to sell the dozens of fancy watches he owned to pay for his treatment. He travels to Japan for “treatment”, Jonathon Pangborn (a man who had no use of his legs and can now walk) tells him where to go, and our valiant hero Dr Strange is born.

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The Eye of Agamotto, worn by strange as one of his legendary artifacts – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

He’s kind of thrown into the deep end. Without prior warning he’s told he has to basically save the world – be an Avenger for the mystical. The Ancient one basically decides that he’s the next messiah, even though she has powerful Mordo by her side, and tells him he has to save the world. Without giving too much away he does, and he uses that clever little Eye of Agamotto to do it. If it’s used too often the user happens upon a time loop and repeats the same place in time again and again and again.

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KISS HIM PROPERLY, CHRISTINE! The cheek doesn’t count! – Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016

My one issue? Christine Palmer and Steven not kissing. I spent most of the movie on the heights of sexual tension; looking at each other, making jokes about children (the Palmer-Strange / Strange-Palmer technique)
The one time she gives him a kiss it’s on the cheek! I was so mad! I like a good romance in a film, and I thought there’s was cute – exes who still work together and still obviously like one another.

All in all I really liked Dr Strange, and look forward to the next one. He’s probably one of my favourite Marvel heroes, he’s smart and arrogant but has a softer side about him. Perhaps his American accent will be better next time! Now I just need to watch all of them in order!

Check out the trailer below!

 

Have you seen Doctor Strange? What did you think? Did you like the character? What about his American accent? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Dr Strange, Marvel Studios, 2016)