2014: #4 Mr. Turner

Directed by: Mike Leigh
Written by: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, and Martin Savage
Distributer: Focus Features
Country: UK
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 150
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/19/2014
Date seen: 12/25/2014
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $15.6 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 4 (Score, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Designs)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 7 (Makeup, Art Direction, Cinematography, Supporting Actress, Actor, Ensemble, and Orignal Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Actor and Cinematography)

I can’t say I knew who J.M.W. Turner was before Mike Leigh decided to make a film about him and having seen the film I still don’t think I really care all that much about his paintings, but I still found the film itself to be a really fascinating character study.  The Turner in this film is one of the more complicated figures of the year, a person that’s so layered and interesting that he makes most film characters seem really lazily drawn by comparison.  Leigh has put the same degree of work into developing the world that Turner lives in, creating rich period detail without simply throwing money at the sets.  What’s more he’s populated this world with interesting historical figures for Turner to interact with over the course of the film, ultimately painting a great portrait of the creative process and the life of artists.
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