Film Preview: Peterloo (2019)

Page Revisions:

(October 14, 2018) Original
(March 17, 2019) New Trailer (#2)

Release Date:

April 5, 2019


From IMDb: “The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.”

Poster Rating: B-

Review: Are battle scenes exciting enough to draw an audience to the theater? This one might not be, but we’ll see.

Trailer Rating: C+ / C+

Review: (#1) Setting the film up as an exploration of tyrants and their treatment of the populace mixed with a typical revolution narrative are aided only with the knowledge that the film is from director Mike Leigh, which isn’t made much of in the trailer.

(#2) There isn’t much difference between these two trailers suggesting that much of the tension and intrigue in the film may be confined to these moments, which isn’t a promising prospect.

Oscar Prospects:

Mike Leigh is one of those directors who always piques the curiosity of Oscar voters and this period film about a historical rebellion could be especially tempting for voters who have given him surprise nominations for Directing and Original Screenplay on multiple occasions.

Trailer #1

Trailer #2


Poster #1

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