The Electrical Life of Louis Wain


Biography / Drama / History

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69% · 159 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 72% · 250 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.8/10 10 18331 18.3K

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Plot summary

The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain, whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever.

Uploaded by: FREEMAN
January 21, 2022 at 07:37 PM


Top cast

Taika Waititi as Max Kase
Benedict Cumberbatch as Louis Wain
Indica Watson as Young Felicie Wain
Olivia Colman as Narrator
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tm-sheehan 7 / 10

Fascinating story wonderful performance from Benedict

My Review - The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. A Prime Amazon Film

My Rating 7/10

This moving characterisation of talented but mentally troubled artist Louis Wain is yet another fine performance from probably the most talented and diverse actor on the planet today Benedict Cumberbatch. Seeing his brilliant portrayal of Phil Burbank the cruel and austere Montana Cattle rancher and then a few days later to see this consummate actor portray a fragile gentle Victorian Englishman surrounded by his eccentric mother and sisters who falls in love with an older woman blissfully marries then loses her quickly to terminal cancer is utterly remarkable to me that it's the same Benedict Cumberbatch.

This is the true story of a man who later in life was confined to mental institutions as he was alleged to have suffered from schizophrenia. According to some psychiatrists, the onset of schizophrenia can be seen in his works, although the schizophrenia diagnosis is in dispute. I would rather have thought his gentle eccentric and talented artistic temperament aided by a disassociation to other people except his wife and the animals he adored was just more on the autism spectrum not schizophrenia?

Louis Waine has been acknowledged as helping to promote the fascination of the domestic cat and their adoration world over by felinophiles of which I'm one that peaked in Victorian England and lasted through the generations till today .

He achieved this through his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphized large-eyed cats although he started drawing dogs until Peter a black and white kitten that he and his wife Emily rescued in their garden from a storm changed both their lives.

I was moved by this story but had a few reservations about the technical aspects of the movie and one piece of miscasting .

As much as I admire Claire Foy I felt her role should have been played by Olivia Colman who is the narrator of the story or an actress like Imelda Staunton.

The character of Emily Richardson is meant to be ten years older than Louis, Claire Foy is actually eight years younger than Benedict Cumberbatch.

Claire Foy is charming as the Governess who comes to live in the mad house that is Louis Waine's home surrounded by loud eccentric women and their even louder children but it's stretching credibility to think that Emily Richardson is ten years older than her husband.

The other problem for me was the 4.3 screen ratio I know it was chosen for artistic reasons and at times this film is as pretty as a Victorian post card but I found it almost squashing the scope of the movie .

The publicity blurb says "Every frame features gorgeous production design by Suzie Davies and elegant costumes by Michael O'Connor, captured in creamily luscious cinematography by Erik Alexander Wilson, though the film is shot in the boxy 4:3 ratio, perhaps to simulate the feeling of a canvas on screen.

Sorry Merchant Ivory achieved the same effect on the wide screen plus wonderful films of artists lives like Turner and Van Gough didn't need 4.3 to stimulate the feeling of a canvas . The other irritating addition to the film on Amazon Prime are the subtitles to explain what is obvious the title of a book on a desk for instance that the viewer can read for themselves? I just found it distracting but I agree it's a very pretty film to watch ,especially the outdoor garden scenes.

Saying all that I'm probably nit picking ,on the whole The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is a fine and very moving film . It yet again puts Benedict Cumberbatch as my favourite actor of the moment . I've seen him play a drug addict in the superb Patrick Melrose, a wartime code breaker in The Imitation Game a monster in Frankenstein an angry cattle rancher in The Power of the Dog ,a sleuth in Sherlock Holmes ,a Sci Fi villain in Dr Strange , a King in The Hollow Crown , a prisoner of war in The Mauritanian and in and on what a range but can he do a musical ? I'm sure he will try .

Reviewed by krocheav 8 / 10

The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain - Challenges Us To Feel

Some films can firmly claim to be one-of-a-kind, such as; 'The Life of Pi', then there's this one, about a painter I had not heard of from the late eighteen hundreds. Louis was a tortured fellow bordering on several psychotic spectrums while being extremely gifted in the arts, etc - leaving behind his remarkable (and much copied) Cat paintings that took the era by storm. Its style is dazzling all the way, and impresses on many levels - it starts off with a rather convoluted opening, that may not suit viewers with a short attention span or an impatience for understanding what drives a character's actions.

This is a fact-based story running the gamut of human emotions - seeking to open doorways into the lives of troubled souls who existed during unsympathetic, and rather medically ignorant times (think also of Van Gogh). Production design, performances, cinematography and, music are exemplary, leaving patient audiences with a unique and precious gift.

Director, co-writer, Japanese/English Will Sharp is no stranger to Bipolar disorders being type 11, and injects powerful understandings into Louis's character. Will's brother, Arthur Sharp, imparts wonderful emotional support supplying a stand-out Theremin based music score. Story writer Simon Stephenson has created a rich human experience giving us much to feel and think about (perhaps there's also a nod to Australian pop artist Martin Sharp here).

One aspect that created a little disappointment was the decision to photograph in a variation of the old 4 x 3 frame. It added nothing to the story, in fact gave the film a cramped, claustrophobic feel, that can be better achieved in production design. Modern movie makers sometimes, mistakenly, think they need to go backward - away from the vast improvements in aspect ratios, this can sacrifice vital elements within their work. The end credits were neat but why so small? Otherwise, it's quite a special experience from Studio Canal and Amazon Studios.

Reviewed by kosmasp 8 / 10

Cats - not the musical, the better one

I may be doing the movie a bit of a disservice mentioning that other movie that came out a few years ahead of this. Which also has nothing to do with this movie ... apart from this having cats in it too. Although in this case, the cats are ... well mostly just that: cats! And not people CGIed as cats.

I probably shouldn't be explaining too much, I reckon if you have seen the movie you'll get the joke. And if you don't want to watch it ... well you'll be missing out on an amazing performance by Benedict Cumberbatch! That Dude is really something ... I saw an interview with him a while ago ... he really takes his craft seriously ... and yet always injects fun into the making of the movies he is in. Like skateboarding while being dressed as Dr. Strange.

I can only imagine what he did on the set of this movie. With so many talented other actors surrounding him - many of them being female (and part of the family of the character he portrays). I am not aware of the actual Louis Wain, but he seems to have had a rough life. Not sure how many liberties or how big the liberties are that the movie is taking, but it makes up for a coherent piece of storytelling. And what more can one ask for?

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