by Jared Rapfogel
In making Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh, a director famous for ignoring the rules of dramatic moviemaking, has made the strange choice of taking those rules upon himself. A Mike Leigh period piece about Gilbert and Sullivan sounds like something out of a film-savvy Monty Python sketch. What Leigh has come up with is far from laughable—it’s one of his best movies—but the Monty Python-comparison isn’t so far off the mark in terms of his decision to do it in the first place.
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