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:
Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes
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DVD, Blu-ray

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

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17 of 20 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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By W. Dennis on 22 Jan 2013
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I was very disappointed in this. As I watched, I realised that many of the settings, and indeed sets, were the same as those in the BBC production with Charlotte Rampling, which I believe is the best. It was as if they used that version as a model, so why bother? Actor for actor, the previous GE was far superior. As one example, Robbie Coltrane as Jaggers carried no menace at all. For another, why did Helena B C play Miss Havisham for laughs? There was guffawing in the cinema. By the end I didn't care if Pip got off with Estella!
My advice, get the BBC version. It is longer and does not rush, or mangle, the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Elena Rossi on 7 May 2013
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I like the longer version better. Dickens is hard to place into a span of only a couple of hours!
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE 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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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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