Mr. Turner (2014)The Impressionist painter J.M.W. Turner experiences successes and… More The Impressionist painter J.M.W. Turner experiences successes and failures. I always write one-sentence plot summaries before I begin my comments, but with Mr. Turner I went through about five attempts before I settled on what is above. The reason is I don't know what the plot of this film is. There are plot events - kinda - but they don't build upon one another to form a cohesive story. It's a portrait, I suppose, but it's also a film with a compelling dramatic purpose. Timothy Spall grunts and squints his way through the film, and I can't say that his choices weren't consistent. But his squished up face and mumbles didn't amount to anything more than a sweaty caricature. Overall, director Mike Leigh gets a lot of accolades for his verisimilitude, but sometimes reality is boring -- even though I suspect nothing can be more boring than this film.
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