Jack Keating’s review published on Letterboxd:
A film that could very easily become a typical biopic you’d take your mum to watch, but Lynch’s attention to detail in depicting the grittiness of industrial Victorian Britain gives this an edge that many other films in this genre lack. Yet he also never shies away from letting the film be as full of heart as something like this needs to be.
There’s an interesting question in here about when does an act of kindness that happens to benefit you stop being kind and start perpetuating the original problem but with extra steps. The fact that John Merrick’s skeleton is still on display at Royal London Hospital as if he were still an exhibition is something that shows this question still hasn’t been answered.