Stars: Timothy Spall / Roger Ashton-Griffiths / Jamie Thomas King /
Release Date: 2014-05-15
Production Companies: Film4, Lipsync Productions, Thin Man Films,
Director: Mike Leigh, Heather Storr,
Mr. Turner Summary
Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
Mike Leigh's biopic is so richly detailed that it feels like a documentary. Spall goes for broke in the outsize title role.
At 150 minutes, it's a little too long but there are stretches during its course when it captivates and amazes.
You leave "Mr. Turner," as with all good fact-based films, wanting to know more about this man and his work - and remembering that beautiful, almost touchable light, on the canvas and on the screen.
For modern moviegoers, the earthy "Mr. Turner" may seem like slowly steeped tea with an unpleasant aftertaste. But while some are impatiently waiting for the paint to dry, astute viewers will see a cinematic landscape bloom.
If the past is a foreign country, then "Mr. Turner" is one of the most rhapsodic foreign films you may ever see.