#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Mr. Turner 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. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
Plot: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
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We always knew that “Mr Turner” would not be a conventional costume picture any more than it would be a conventional biopic. It is, after all, a Mike Leigh film and Mr Leigh doesn’t do ‘conventional’. Of course, he normally concerns himself with the vagaries of contemporary middle-class culture, poking fun at, and then finding the bleeding heart of, the little people who inhabit his very personal world. (Leigh is, perhaps, the only writer/director who can crack us up and break our hearts simultaneously).
“Mr Turner” isn’t the first time he has looked to the past nor to real historical figures for his material. With “Topsy-Turvy” he created the world of Gilbert and Sullivan and ‘The Mikado’. As musical biopics go it is, perhaps, unique. Now with “Mr Turner” he takes us deep into the life of William Turner, arguably the first great ‘modern’ painter and almost certainly the greatest of all English painters, and in doing so has created the least stuffy costume picture I have ever seen. Of the several masterpieces Leigh has given us “Mr Turner” may be the finest.
It begins when Turner was already in middle-age and established as England’s premier painter and it follows him until his death. It reveals him to be a man of many contradictions, sharing his later life mainly with two women, (he had long since disregarded his shrewish wife and grown-up daughters whose very existence he always denied). For sexual favours he turned to his housekeeper Hannah Danby while preferring the company of the widow Mrs Booth with whom he lodged part of the year in Margate, (Danby never knew of Booth’s existence until just before Turner’s death). He could be both cruel and kind in equal measure, both to his contemporaries and to those he professed to care about and he certainly had a temper.
We don’t learn a great deal about his technique as a painter though we do see him, briefly, at work, including a wonderful scene, one of several great set-pieces, where he adds a daub of paint to one of his canvases at the Royal Academy’s Exhibition. It’s not really that kind of film. Leigh is more interested in observing the man and getting inside his skull and in this he is greatly helped by Timothy Spall’s magnificent performance as Turner, capturing the man mostly in a series of grunts. Spall’s Turner doesn’t go for deep, philosophical conversations on the nature of art. He seems happiest making small-talk with Mrs Booth and when, in another of the film’s great set-pieces, the conversation veers into the critical appraisal of a fellow artist he is quick to debunk the pretentious John Ruskin who obviously likes the sound of his own lisping voice.
Spall, of course, is just the lynch-pin of a terrific ensemble. No-one puts a foot wrong, (including Leigh regulars Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville), but one must really single out Dorothy Atkinson as the unfortunate and much maligned Danby and Marion Bailey as Mrs Booth. Both women are superb, giving us characters that are much more than mere historical sketches. There is something deeply moving in their silent acceptance of Turner’s foibles, (and while Leigh’s dialogue is splendidly ‘of the period’, it’s often in the silences that the film is most effective). Credit, too, to Dick Pope’s superb cinematography which captures perfectly the paintings without seeming in any way slavish. Indeed, of all films made about artists this may be the finest. I don’t doubt for a moment that it’s a masterpiece.
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I’m hardly the target audience for this film. All I knew about Turner was that he engaged in screwing large dollops of paint onto canvas, mostly sombre in tone and which may, at a stretch, have resembled a sea or an ocean and upon which there may have been a ship, the kind of ‘art’ that I wouldn’t cross the street to see. But fair dos; no one was actually asking me to cross the street to see them so that I was free to cross several streets to see a Breughel, Canaletto, or any other artist who was not ashamed to share with the viewer the object)s) he was actually depicting. I knew about Mike Leigh 1) he made at least one excellent film entitled Secrets and Lies which I enjoyed immensely and watched more than once, 2) like Preston Sturges, Alain Resnais etc he has what amounts to a repertory company, actors with whom he works again and again, 3) that he shamelessly stole the story of Vera Drake from a Claude Chabrol film with neither acknowledgment nor apology and 4) he is not averse to nepotism on the Brian Forbes scale, having employed his ex-wife Alison Steadman and current partner Marion Bailey in several projects ( the positive in this is that unlike Nanette Newman Ms. Steadman and Bailey can actually act). I also knew Timothy Spall as a fine actor who has never, to my knowledge, given even a mediocre performance let alone a bad one and on the strength of this plus the suspicion that it might just be a tad overrated, I ponied up at the box office for a basinfull of Mr. Turner. What I found was a reasonably interesting movie about a man who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries and appeared to be something of a gargoyle who communicated largely via grunts and appeared to be a respected artist – at least he was a member of the Royal Academy. We shared his company for some two and a half hours and that was that.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 30 min (150 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Mike Leigh
Writer Mike Leigh
Actors Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey
Country UK, France, Germany, USA
Awards Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 67 nominations.
Production Company Film 4, Focus Features International, France 3 Cinéma
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Plus, Cooke Speed Panchro Lenses, Canon EOS C500, Cooke Speed Panchro Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW, Canon Cinema RAW
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)