The Review: Those into action films need read no further; this biopic of JMW Turner is not for you. I enjoyed it very much but can understand people saying it’s overlong. Not much happens over the 2.5 hours but it’s exquisitely shot and beautifully acted, Timothy Spall excelling.
What you are left with is a better understanding of a great artist, but at the same time he remains enigmatic. The scenery often aptly evokes Turner’s art and it has clearly been lovingly and carefully filmed. The film’s momentum is not plot but the essence of Turner which gradually seeps through the screen.
The Verdict: A masterclass in filming an artist biopic but the slow pace will turn off some filmgoers.