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Mike Leigh United Kingdom, 2018

Renton47's rating of the film Peterloo

Obviously Leigh can script an incredibly verbose, intricate and polemical period drama without stress - my main issue is the feeling of watching an elaborate game of dress-up when these words are played to the back of the room. I spent way too much time noticing the extras. Doesn't necessarily diminish the power of the way it speaks earnestly across classes, or the way it eschews tidy drama/valorisation.