Written by Charles Dickens, David Copperfield’s biography is undoubtedly one of the best examples of how life is full of ups and downs. The story of The Personal History of David Copperfield, published in 1850 and thought to contain similar twists to Dickens’ life story, is told through the eyes of director Armando Iannucci, whom we know from productions such as The Death of Stalin, The Thick of It and Veep. While adapting the story, Iannucci teamed up with Simon Blackwell (Trying Again), with whom he worked in 2009 in the movie Vicious Loop – In The Loop, and David Copperfield’s story, full of eccentric characters that are constantly being thrown around the line between existence and non-existence, is presented in a comic style. coming out.
David Copperfield, who lost his first loss when his father passed away before he was born, lost his family after his pampered infancy and a new father figure enters his life and a new one is added to his losses. Unloved by his stepfather Edward Murdstone (Darren Boyd) and his step-aunt Jane Murdstone (Gwendoline Christie), David is driven away from his wealthy living conditions and driven to London to work at the Murdstone brothers’ winery to the debt-stricken Micawber family. David’s life story of misfortune continues as the Micawber family is jailed for debt, and finally David, now a young man, is desperate enough to sleep in the factory. However, the final blow for her is that she finds out about her mother’s death, and she crosses her path again with her aunt Betsey Trotwood (Tilda Swinton), who did not want her at birth because of her gender. The film reflects David’s fast-paced story full of ups and downs, and the people he knew on this journey, in his intriguing way, who searched for a place to belong to himself throughout his life, and sometimes even compromised his identity in order to have it, by sugar-coating the tragic aspects of the events.
The Personal History of David Copperfield: The Ups and Downs
Dev Patel (Lion, Millionaire – Slumdog Millionare) stars as David Copperfield in the film, which features stellar figures such as Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie and Peter Capaldi in an ethnically versatile cast. Despite the setbacks Dev Patel went through, the easy-to-bond, candidly reflecting performance of David, who tries to get his life right, is accompanied by the powerful acting of all names, especially Hugh Laurie’s eccentric aspects of their characters. Because the most important fortune David has made in his drifting between the flow of life is the different people who entered his life in this process. What makes these characters so sympathetic, who can be seen as scary and sometimes malicious from someone else’s eyes, is the perspective of David, who is fascinated by different aspects of people. Because David tells his story from the point of view who prefers to jot down and accumulate phrases that highlight these aspects of people rather than odd or ignore the interesting aspects of them, these unusual characters become attractive thanks to these interesting aspects rather than weird or uncanny. As a matter of fact, he ultimately brings him the greatest fortune, interesting people and extraordinary stories from what he lost throughout his life. Edward Murdstone is the first villain in his life story that ultimately made him a successful writer. Again, the skidding caused by this loss paves the way for the Micawber family, who are floating in debt to be taken from under their carpet feet, to join David’s novel. This character enters David’s life after he was expelled from his wealthy life with his mother and nanny. The death of his mother and his anger give him the ambition to take control of his life for the first time and his aunt Betsey, who is also of a different nature, and his mentally unstable cousin Mr. Dick. The most important reason why we watch these eccentric characters and all the tragic events under such a sweet light is the lightness of the film’s tone and the uninterrupted speed of the event flow. The humor and dizzying flow rate mixed with satire in his dialogues, rather than arabesque while adapting the story, softens it by making it absurd and accelerates its rhythm.
In addition to the different characters in the story; Extraordinary scene transitions reminiscent of three-dimensional storybooks, where a giant hand or background belonging to Edward Murdstone suddenly entered the roof of the house, suddenly falling to the ground like a theater curtain, colorful cinematography shaped by Zac Nicholson, who preferred the use of moving cameras, interesting costumes and production is also upgrading the design. However, sometimes, especially in the case of sudden scene transitions, the extraordinary techniques used get out of balance and these preferences steal a role from the story and turn the audience’s head. Although this 19th century story has been purified by modernization from the aggravating factors of the period, it does not neglect to mention the problems of the period such as financial difficulties, socioeconomic class differences, the industrial revolution, and the density of child workers, without making a serious comment. Iannucci and Blackwell, who tweezed important turning points in order to fit in two hours while adapting the novel, which contains many side stories, makes the troubles feel but keeps it in the background. Just like the portions that make space for Freudian readings through the portrayal of Morfydd Clark, who also plays the character of David’s first love Dora, as his mother. At the same time, there is an enormous battle of identity at the heart of the movie. David Copperfield lives in the shadow of many different pseudonyms such as Daisy and Trotwood, who have been affixed by people until he finds the courage and strength to use his real name and establish his identity with everything he has experienced in his past, and in this way, he tries to belong to a place and be accepted. Therefore, the traumas and the pains in the subtexts hidden behind the pink-glass glasses that keep the tone light, make their presence felt despite these preferences. But the film is so busy with side stories that focus on conveying the characters and their interesting nature that it can even center David’s journey to writing by bringing together the fascination of people from different aspects and the pieces he has collected. Having made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year, the tone is always high and light due to the perspective that softened the events, and when it meets the exaggerated transitions between the prominent cinematography and the scenes, it makes the story a little caricature, away from real feelings and bold discourses and put it in a fairy-tale atmosphere.
David Copperfield’s Very Personal Story highlights the eccentric essence of the characters by telling a life story full of ups and downs, in its most energetic, lightest form, accompanied by its own unique humor. Film; With its fast flow, dazzling cinematography, strong acting and funny tone, it smoothes Dickens’ work lightly and reflects it in a fun, warm and pleasing form for everyone.