Movie Diary 4/10/2019

Peterloo (Mike Leigh, 2018). A brimming account of the 1819 Peterloo massacre, presented in a series of meetings, speeches, and small gatherings – a kind of Frederick Wiseman approach to history, but with sly humor and caricature. Leigh’s eye for the foibles of even the most sympathetic characters is very sharp, and the depiction of atrociousness that attends to government officials and members of the aristocracy is – oh, how shall we say this – very welcome in this here day and age. Even if you like the film (and I like it a lot), this is not a movie in which things are understated. (full review 4/19)