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:
Sally Hawkins, Ralph Fiennes
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Z. Sobol TOP 1000 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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I was glad to receive this copy of 'Great Expectations' to review, just at the time when I was studying for a degree in English literature. Great Expectations was one of the 19th century novels on the syllabus. I think the DVD set out to portray Dickens' novel faithfully and it does a reasonable job of that. The story begins on the wild Kentish marshes, with a scary scene between the young hero Pip and an escapted convict. This, and all the scenes on the marsh are well done and very evocative if you know that part of the world. The actors are all excellent in their way, but I do have some quarrels with their portrayal of Charles Dickens' characters. Miss Havisham is portrayed as a somewhat seedy eccentric rather than the desperate, deluded wild thing that the author had in mind. Estella is nicely portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter but I missed the ice-cold character from the original novel. Pip himself is very pretty indeed - nice and all that, but the DVD misses the point that Estella's beauty was unmatched in the novel. Joe Gargery was rather well-played and Pip's secret benefactor - a joy.

This DVD version of Great Expectations is useful for a student, including those still at school, and is quite satisfying for fans of Charles Dickens. If you've never seen any version, nor read the book, it's a faithful and enjoyable watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Shaw on 4 May 2013
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I love this story and loved the older version so was intrigued to see this dvd . It was okay but overall I prefer the previous version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CMB VINE VOICE on 30 April 2013
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Has strange "Downton Abbey" feel to it. Beautifully shot, famous faces, but somehow shallow and not quite "serious" enough.

It's a little rushed, cramming so much of the book into less than two hours, hence the lack of development and depth.

For an alternative, look to the BBC's 1999 version Charles Dickens Collection (Repackaged) [DVD] or Great Expectations - BBC [1999] [Dutch Import] (the latter has Dutch subtitles, so need to fiddle with the remote to remove).
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