Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

DVD - 2015
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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 incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.
Publisher: [Culver City, California] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (149 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, rda
digital, optical, rda

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dylankemp
May 22, 2017

Cool movie. Slow and gentle and interesting, and at moments cinematically beautiful. Worth watching.

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Byond
May 10, 2017

Many of the negative comments stem from disapproval of the biographical and historical facts. Others feel the film 'goes nowhere'. I am aligned with the audience that expects nothing more of this than it be a work of art. There is a notion out there that we have a responsibility to live up to our vision. One critic went so far as to state Mike Leigh is burdened with a twisted imagination. It is worth pointing out that there are many choices with regard to imagination; one is to stifle it. Another is to be driven by it. Mr. Turner found a way to express it. Key to that is the discipline of returning to the work. Few are up to the 'Cruel to be kind' exponents (and perhaps their kindness comes out at every opportunity), but their legacies sometimes provide a transcending vision.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 15, 2016

Slow to the point of being boring, and way too long at 2.5 hours. The only redemption for this film is cinematography, giving the viewers some visual enjoyment at times. Overall disappointing.

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mjayh
Feb 19, 2016

A beautiful film to look at, but I was put off by the creative liberties that were taken. There is no historical record of Turner having a sexual relationship with his housekeeper. He was eccentric, to be sure, but this piggy portrayal was not necessary and unfairly tarnishes his legacy.

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Vivica
Feb 05, 2016

The attention to historic detail is amazing, as is the cinematography and costumes... this movie does deserve the Oscar nominations in those categories...but Mr. Turner himself was a stomach turner - you could miss this movie and not miss it - not much to carry away...

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jazpur
Jan 31, 2016

Much enjoyed, particularly the rivalry scenes at The Academy.Timothy Spall was ideal for the part of the eccentric Turner and the coastal scenery was magic.

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Monolith
Jan 01, 2016

The cinematography and Timothy Spall's grunting gargoyle made this one enjoyable for me. The presentation of Turner's final quarter century on this Earth was dismal and ineffectual for me.

greglibrary Dec 13, 2015

Those feeling this Mr. Turner:
too long
too unintelligible
too hard to understand
too un-Disneyed
not sexy enough
not realistic enough...
perhaps are younger and part of the ‘digital’ age where everything is effortless and gratifyingly simple at the push of a button!
Please...don’t make me think....Please don’t!
I Gotta Go...

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jbmcfarland
Dec 12, 2015

Though gorgeously photographed and designed. acted with stellar cast at their best, it does take dedication as well as interest in Turner- the -painter to watch it all the way through since it is long (maybe too long) and Turner is, to tell the truth, a dour freak.

Vincent T Lombardo Dec 12, 2015

A terrible, terrible movie! My wife (an artist!) and I gave this film an hour and then turned it off. This movie is slow and boring, the screenplay makes no sense, and the actors are unintelligible. (I had to activate the English subtitles -- and the movie is in English!) This movie is like a lot of biopics about artists: Turner is portrayed as crazy, and we do not understand why he does what he does. The only good thing about the film is the cinematography, so, if you really want to see this movie, mute the sound. If you want to see a good movie about an artist, see "Lust for Life" (1956) (Van Gogh) and Moulin Rouge (1952) (Toulouse-Lautrec). Both are excellent.

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