Mr. Turner Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mr. Turner

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Gloriously corpuscular.

  • Starring:

    Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Karl Johnson, Ruth Sheen, Sandy Foster, Amy Dawson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage

  • Directed by:

    Mike Leigh

  • Running time:

    150 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Object kicked. Explosions, soldiers, slave trade, whipping donkeys, scrofula mentioned. Paintings of battle, sacrifice. Shouting, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpses. Hanging carcasess. Arrow in skin (painting). Red, peeling skin. Bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple has sex against the wall. Exposed thigh, bottom. Breast-grabbing, crotch-grabbing, bum-grabbing, kissing. Near-nude females in statues and paintings. Bawdy song, innuendo. Brothel setting, prostitute. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, ale). Smoking (pipes). Laudanum mentioned. Hallucinations.

  • LANGUAGE:

    A-words. Name-calling, b*tch. Slang for breasts. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Joseph Mallard William Turner, art, painting, experiments, colour, light, bronchitis, relationships, family, storms at sea, debt, art appreciation, properness, Victoriana, the Royal Academy, critics.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father, deceased sister, deceased daughter/sister, dead husbands, burying five children mentioned. Horses, cats, dogs, caged fowl, chickens, pig's heads, dead fish, hanging fowl, crabs, birds. Pork eaten. Cobwebs. Spitting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Glorious, confident, triumphant, rambling, extraordinary, strange, entertaining, thoughtful, funny, beautiful, luminous, moving, joyful, sad, wistful, engrossing, evocative, sober, unhurried, robust. Outstanding/magnificent/masterful performance from Timothy Spall, vivid/soulful/surprising sense of the artist, scrupulously well-researched, visually immaculate, supremely enjoyable, astonishing/time-stopping cinematography, extraordinary/detailed/lived-in production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Overlong.

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