Eye For Film >> Movies >> David Copperfield (2000) Film Review
This version of Charles Dickens' classic was made for the American TV network Hallmark - yes, the same people who make those syrupy greetings cards - and it's as gorgeous and dull as the picture on a box of Quality Street chocolates.
The settings and costumes are quite beautiful, rich with colour. But the adaptation is heavy-handed and crushes the life out of the story, just as the chortling, intrusive musical score kills off anything that approaches being a funny scene stone dead.
The Americans in the cast - Sally Field, who can't quite master the accent, as Betsy Trotwood and Michael Richards, who turns Micawber into a crazy variation on his manic Kramer character from Seinfeld - are joined by some reliable British types including Paul Bettany as Steerforth, Eileen Atkins as Jane Murdstone and Hugh Dancy as grown-up David. Anthony Andrews gives his usual stick-up-the-bottom performance as Edward Murdstone, who in this version is a recurring evil villain - a strange change which doesn't really work.