Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

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Directed by : Mike Leigh

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"Mr. Turner" explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives...more

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Mr. Turner

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I walked into Mr Turner expecting that it may fall somewhere between watching paint dry and having interesting things to say at the next art soiree. I left visibly moved by the technical prowess, the strength of the research department and the finesse of the screen production. 

Mr Turner is no gentleman you will soon discover, but so much personality--and a round of applause for the brilliant Timothy Spall who IS Turner. Never since Mr Brando has a guttural croak conveyed so much in so brief (and jarring) a rasp. 

The film in its tricky, messy, exasperating (and politically incorrect from 2015 eyes) relationships has you in its thrall; yes we learn about the last years of Turner's life, about his endearing relationship with his father (and the back breaking work grinding colours and lugging frames is!) and his exploitative relationships with most of the female gender. We learn about his genius, his integrity (he refuses a generous offer for his work as he wants to bequeath his work to the British public), his curious mind when it comes to new technologies; but mostly the film at the risk of repeating myself is how exasperating the man could be.

And sometime after the third time I may have gasped by the sheer audacity of Mr Turner; it struck me how generous the British public, the late Turner's family and the film makers have been. Closer home, I was thinking of the uproar when Rang Rasiyawas conceived, or any other biopic on any other "beloved" personality--a virtual minefield of family members,  members of public, public interest litigation and offended sensibilities.

For all this and more; Mr Turner is a masterpiece. And the British public thoroughly deserves him.

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