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stars45  – for Timothy Spall
two star– for optimism

If you’re a fan of Painter, Turner’s life and work, or equally a fan of Timothy Spall, this is a good film to go and see. It’s a bit of both with us, so what’s not to like? You certainly have to give Timothy Spall credit for his acting in this – totally absorbing, and probably his most powerful role to date.

Trouble is, this film is bleak!!! On the ol’ bleakometer scale from 1-10, this would score 17! I certainly wouldn’t recommend it on a cold Sunday afternoon, in a quarter-full cinema (errr!) – The guy to our left didn’t help the mood much either, by snoring through most of it!!!

Oh, and it’s long too – at 150 minutes!

So be prepared to come out at the other end feeling a bit sadder than when you went in!

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