Film Preview: Professor and the Madman (2019)

Page Revisions:

(April 14, 2019) Original

Release Date:

May 10, 2019


From IMDb: “Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C-

Review: (#1) You definitely know who you’re looking at (even if the actor names in appear in reverse order at the bottom. The problem is that it looks more like a film set in Spain than it does a film about the modern dictionary. (#2) Properly reversing the Actors to match their names, it still looks like a post-Renaissance film set somewhere other than England. The words in the background are a cheap ploy for relevance.

Trailer Rating: C / C+

Review: (#1 & #2) Both trailers suffer from an undercurrent of pomposity that makes the film feel like an unnecessary diversion to give Mel Gibson a shot at redemption and Sean Penn another chance to play a madman. Neither work terribly well, though the second is better at explaining the plot, which makes it sound a little more interesting.

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