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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Sparked by a pair of well-matched leads, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain honors its real-life subject by adding a dash of whimsy to the standard biopic formula.

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The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the "electrical" mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy).

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Critic Reviews for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

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It's an effervescent movie, one that reflects the colourful whimsy of Wain's work and a far more vivid image of Victorian and Edwardian England than your usual period film.

January 14, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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There is rarely a dull moment in this colourful film.

January 5, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Too often The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain favours eccentricity over actual insight. But even when the tones jar, Cumberbatch's vulnerable, layered performance always rings true.

January 3, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sherlock Strangely-Turing is back again for this puzzling, sometimes charming, sometimes infuriating study of the whimsical English artist Louis Wain.

January 2, 2022 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Under the kitsch is something more rewarding: an affecting portrait of a creative but troubled man.

January 2, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A busy visual style and a bloody-minded commitment to one-note performances are the most notable elements of this misfired biopic about the Victorian artist and illustrator Louis Wain.

January 2, 2022 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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