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Great Expectations 2012

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Director Mike Newell's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel. Young orphan Pip (Toby Irvine) finds his life changed forever soon after encountering and lending assistance to escaped convict Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes) on the marshlands near his home. Later, after being summoned to attend the stately home of Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter) and finding himself mesmerised by the old lady's beautiful but cold-hearted niece, Estella (Helena Barlow/Holliday Grainger), Pip learns that he has been granted an inheritance by a mysterious benefactor. After moving to London to be educated as a gentleman under the guardianship of lawyer Mr. Jaggers (Robbie Coltrane), a now adult Pip (Jeremy Irvine), believing he now has the necessary social standing, sets about convincing Estella that he is worthy of her love.

Starring:
Ewen Bremner, Jeremy Irvine
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 9 minutes
Starring Ewen Bremner, Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham-Carter, Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams, Sally Hawkins, Helena Barlow, Toby Irvine, Jason Flemyng, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger
Director Mike Newell
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 25 March 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 9 minutes
Starring Ewen Bremner, Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham-Carter, Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams, Sally Hawkins, Helena Barlow, Toby Irvine, Jason Flemyng, Ralph Fiennes, Holliday Grainger
Director Mike Newell
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 25 March 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 April 2013
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It's always going to be hard to cram everything in Great Expectations into a single cinema length film, and this film certainly suffers to a degree because of that. I also feel that it is important to have the right cast as the book brings a certain set of expectations from the audience (I know that you have to seperate the two, but it is impossible with a work as weighty as this one) and I think some of the casting was a bit odd. Helena Bonham Carter is a fine actress, and whilst she does a decent job she isn't Dickens's Miss Havisham, if you can get away from that then she does play for black comedy. Robbie Coltrane also isn't Dickins's Jaggers, which given what he was like in Cracker I felt was a bit odd and must have come from the director, the sense of menace just isn't there, although again his acting is fine. Ralph Fiennes was great as Magwitch however.

Obviously there is only time to cover the major plot points of the main story and these are dutify picked off. The lack of time does come at the cost of character development and some of the characters have so little screen time that it is impossible for them to flesh out their part. As a standalone film, if you haven't read the book then it is perfectly fine, but if you have read it then it is a bit shallow.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Dec. 2012
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It is hard to "give away the plot" of such a well-known Dickens classic but for those who do not know it I shall limit myself to the following: as a small boy, the orphan Pip is terrified by an escaped convict into smuggling him food and a file; the eccentric Miss Havisham summons Pip to her gloomy mansion as a playmate for her beautiful but cold adopted daughter Estella, whom she has brought up to break men's hearts; made dissatisfied with his humble lot through his contact with Estella, Pip is delighted to learn that he has "great expectations", a fortune from an anonymous benefactor and so can escape to a new life in London.

The film is true to the original novel in its main points, and is visually striking, in particular the scenes of the desolate Kentish marshes by the Thames where Pip's uncle runs a smithy, and the vivid contrast of London in all its grimy vibrancy. There is excellent acting from Ralph Fiennes, who conveys a sense of the convict's violence, but also his worthy aspirations and dignity. Jason Flemyng is effective as the simple but honest, decent and stoical blacksmith Jo Gargery, and Robbie Coltrane is suitably brisk and cynical as the lawyer Jaggers, who keeps dark secrets close to his chest. Jeremy Irvine makes a sensitive and sympathetic handsome hero, showing Pip's development in the difficult process of becoming a gentleman and coping with the source of his wealth. I was left unsure how convinced I was by either Miss Havisham or Estella: the problem is that the former is deranged and the latter is meant to have a heart of ice. Some of the minor characters failed to engage me. Pip's rival Bentley Drummle resembled an Elvis-lookalike bad lot out of the wrong age.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Z. Sobol TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2013
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I had great expectations of this film, but I'm sorry to say that it failed to grip me from the start - the initial scenes felt all too familiar and I had rather expected with such a great cast that they had been excited by something new and exciting.

Helena Bonham Carter is in my opinion a wonderful, talented actress, but in my opinion she seems to have misjudged the character of Miss Havisham - I liked that she wanted to embrace the unhinged mad element - but she seemed to play this side of the character to the exclusion of all the other dimensions, forgetting the cold, steely edge, the sharp and bitter reflections of her pain and as such she seemed rather too likeable.

I thought that the portrayal of Estella was rather too transparent throughout the film in terms her affection for Pip - I have always thought that the character of Estella was so hardened by the years of indoctrination by Miss Havisham to be cold and "heartless" that she was virtually incapable of anything compassion or love and that it was a real conflict for her in her relationship with Pip - but in this version it seemed all too easy for Estella to bestow her affection on Pip throughout and there seemed to be little struggle and her feelings seemed to be quite clear even early on.

I liked Robbie Coltrane as Jaggers, Ralph Fiennes was transformed in the role of Magwitch and played it well, but my quibble would be that he wasn't all that menacing at any point, which I should be something that underpins the early part of his relationship with Pip and was slightly lacking here. I thought that the actor playing Joe did so very effectively and as for the leading character, Pip - he was a slow-burner, starting slowly, but he grew into the role, improving throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Strachan VINE VOICE on 16 April 2013
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In and of itself this is a perfectly adequate version of Great Expectations but, as I think some of the other reviewers have mentioned, it kind of pales by comparison with the television version. If you've watched the telly Expectations you'll probably find yourself cursing this one for some of he less than judicious subbing of the source material that they have to undertake in order to squeeze it into a movie length story. If you haven't seen the tv version I suspect you'll probably enjoy it much more....but given the telly version is half the price you'd be much better off giving it a whirl. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Expectations-DVD-Ray-Winstone/dp/B006H3Q7LA/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1366140577&sr=1-2&keywords=great+expectations
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