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Mr. Turner #FilmReview #BriFri

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

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Mr. Turner, the filmMr. Turner describes the last 25 years of the life of painter J.M.W. Turner

Mr. Turner is a biopic of the painter J.M.W. Turner who lived and painted during the first half of the 1800s. He traveled widely in Europe and Great Britain, painting landscapes and seascapes with beautiful light, many displaying an abstraction that looks quite modern.

There’s not much of a plot to pull you through this film — it’s more a series of vignettes, sometimes spaced several years apart. Not all of the characters are particularly likable, especially the title character, although he has his moments. Rick has less need of a plot and likable characters than I do, so this was a better natural fit for him. But, in the end, I liked it, too. The scenery was superb and to see that beauty reflected in the paintings made viewing the film a visual treat.

We kind of over-did paintings when we were in Paris in 2013, so last year in London we avoided art, for the most part. After seeing this film, we definitely want to see the Turner paintings in the Tate and at the National Gallery on our next trip to London.

Have you seen this film? What did you think? Are you familiar with the artwork of J.M.W. Turner?

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