Armando Iannucci takes us at breakneck speed through Dickens’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece. We first meet David (a perfect Dev Patel) as an adult author standing at a lectern, preparing to read his autobiography to a rapt audience. We are then whisked back to his birth and childhood, and we follow him as he negotiates extreme reversals of fortune, from virtual slavery in a bottle factory to successful writing career. Along the way he interacts with a joyously colour-blind cast of characters including Tilda Swinton as his formidable aunt Betsey Trotwood, Peter Capaldi as Mr Micawber and Ben Whishaw as the ‘orribly ‘umble Uriah Heep.
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