Director: Mike Leigh. Cast: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville. 150 min. Rated R. UK. Drama/Biography.
The life story of the British painter, J.M.W. Turner. At two hours and 30 minutes, Mike Leigh's latest period piece does not have enough material for a feature-length movie (and don't tell me it's supposed to be 'meditative'). Timothy Spall owns the film in its entirety with his embodiment of the grunting, overbearing Mr. Turner, and while he won the award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for Best Actor, there are some films out there that make me feel sorry for the grueling task of being a film festival juror. This film was one of them.