DrThe nice thing about some of the movie characters is that they can surprise you. the actor Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) plays such a character in “The Wondrous World of Louis Wain.”
The drama tells the story of the life of an extraordinary artist from Great Britain. Louis Wayne has been famous for his cat paintings for more than a century. The illustrator drew funny kittens, colorful kittens, and kittens that looked a little crazy.
So his art may have pioneered what you see now all the time on the internet – as cat content. Video channels and other platforms can spend hours searching for cute cat shots. The film tells us that the images of the animals were somewhat unusual.
Director Will Sharp tells a fairy tale a bit like a vintage poetry album. Louis Wayne was fascinated by electricity – he works on several patents, but makes his money from illustrations. He paints with his hands at the same time, writes illogical operas on the side, suffers from nightmares and loves boxing matches.
When he returned from the agricultural show on the train in 1881, another passenger asked him: “You’re full of mud. Did you fight?” – «Uh no. A 1.5-ton bull attacked me,” Wayne says while holding a drawing of the animal.
During the course of the film, Wain had to financially support his brothers. He falls in love with nanny Emily (Claire Foy), who loves to hide in the closet. The love story first comes with a scandal, and then takes a tragic turn. In his film, Sharp tells about strangers, losses, psychological withdrawal, and the artist’s worldview.
After all, it’s almost a coincidence that Wain develops a special relationship with cats. Thus the almost two-hour film, which will now be shown in cinemas, is also an ode to domestic cats. Actor Cumberbatch is eccentric in the movie and in some scenes appears to be quite old. His character comes up with a rather strange theory about electricity.
“The Wondrous World of Louis Wain” is definitely one of those movies that would have benefited from a little less music in some scenes, which can sometimes drift into kitsch. But in the end, the film has a beautiful message that you can accept as well: In the end, the film is above all else a call to take a closer look at life. To realize how much beauty can be seen despite all the losses.
The Wondrous World of Louis Wayne, Great Britain 2021, about 111 min, FSK of 12, by Will Sharp, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Lou Wood and Nick Cave
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