Always good to see someone stepping up to the biography plate and taking a good swing. Mind you, if it goes too far into the lovies part of the field then count me out. (Wonder how many sports references I get in??)
In the first half you get the feeling of the man and then in the second you start to understand his life so from that point of view it’s a well balanced film. Timothy throws in a great many observational quirks and the script adds many more so much so that myself and the wife kept looking up stuff on the tablets to find out the real meaning and reality of what was portrayed. Turns out to be mostly darn accurate and a good view of a certain level of society of the time.
Details and production values are fantastic with great performances from everyone including the extras so no complaints there. Did I like it? Hmm…yes. However there isn’t any drama and not as interesting as I’d want for a Saturday night viewing. It’s the first time I’ve thought about thing like this; I think it’s one for the cinema rather than tv simply because I was not involved enough at home to keep from straying to the various distractions like tea-making and Internet searching, albeit for material on Turner. Mind you, when making the tea I did pause the film so I got to – and wanted to – see the whole thing from an ‘interested’ point of view. Wasn’t one that constantly kept my interest though.
A good biography and a good film with exceptionally detailed world but perhaps for students of the arts rather than casual film buffs.
DVD Extras: Good bunch of extras inlcuing a lot of detail on the filming and showing how Timothy got so in to Turner and the way the painters of the era created their colours.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog but with a distracted eye on the cute film across the other side of the gallery.