Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield
A new take on Charles Dickens' David Copperfield sees our title character (Dev Patel) narrate his life story from his childhood of privilege, to hard labor, to earning money, to becoming poor again, and everything in between.
I started to list who I loved in the cast but it got so long. Every single actor in this is absolutely delightful. There's not a single weak link. It's funny, I was utterly bored with this book when I read it as a teenager. The only reason I made a point to see this was for Dev Patel. I found this version to be very engaging and fun.
I shouldn't have been surprised by that. Director Armando Iannucci made The Thick of It, Death of Stalin and Veep. This is much more wholesome than the work of his I'm use to. It was a nice change.
I liked the way this was shot. At times, adult David is in the scenes narrating his childhood, backgrounds tear away like scene changes of a play. The costumes and the production design were all very well done. Since I watched this on an airplane, I couldn't hear the music very well. My theater had gotten this during the pandemic, but I didn't go for obvious reasons. I know it's available on HBO Max now as well, so I might have to circle back to watch again.
Give this one a watch, it might surprise you too.
Memorable Quote: "You look striking." - David Copperfield (Dev Patel)