The Invisible Woman
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (12)
D: Ralph Fiennes
Sony/Headline/BBC (Gabriella Tana, Stewart Mackinnon, Christian Baute & Carolyn Marks Blackwood)
W: Abi Morgan [based on the novel by Claire Tomalin]
DP: Rob Hardy
Ed: Nicolas Gaster
Mus: Ilan Eshkeri
PD: Maria Djurkovic
Cos: Michael O'Connor
Ralph Fiennes (Charles Dickens), Felicity Jones (Nelly Ternan), Kristen Scott-Thomas (Mrs. Ternan), Tom Hollander (Wilkie Collins), Michelle Fairley (Caroline Graves)
Though the title may make it sound like part of Marvel's series of superhero movies, The Invisible Woman is in fact a biopic of Charles Dickens' and his clandestine affair with Nelly Ternan, a young actress who becomes his mistress until the authors' death.
Felicity Jones is excellent as the lead actress, and Ralph Fiennes apes Charles Dickens to brilliant effect, but the story itself is rather dull. Overall, it would have worked better as a TV movie or perhaps a mini series.
The period detail is good, as are the performances, but everything else is just a little stagnant.