‘Mr Turner’

MV5BMjUzNTg0MzM3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDg3NTY5MjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Truly outstanding. Mike Leigh and period drama are not normally synonymous (Topsy-Turvey is his only other foray) – yet this gritty bio of artist JMW Turner with all its period grubbiness (no sanitising of the British late 18th/early 19th century upper middle classes here) bears all the social commentaries you’d expect from one of the great writer/directors.

And the magnificent Timothy Spall, a Mike Leigh stalwart (Secrets & Lies, All Or Nothing, Topsy-Turvey, Life is Sweet), is sensational. One of the best films of 2014.

Rating: 90%

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