Peterloo

The Guardian - The Guide - - Film -

(12A) (Mike Leigh, 2018, UK) 154 mins

Mike Leigh re­turns to the pe­riod film, a for­mat that served him well with Mr Turner and Vera Drake. Here, it’s a dis­sec­tion of the no­to­ri­ous mas­sacre sparked by a 19th-cen­tury rally for vot­ing re­form, an atroc­ity that led di­rectly to the found­ing of the Guardian. It’s a meaty, wide-rang­ing epic that is not an easy watch but all the bet­ter for that.

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