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3.0 out of 5 stars
Useful, 28 Dec 2009
This is the only version of GE that I have seen and I bought it because people said it was good for GCSE. Personally I was a little disappointed because so much was missed out. We didn't see the contrast between Wemmick at work and the Walford Wemmick who was prepared to help Pip. We missed out on Clara and her difficult father and the true reasons behind Magwitch's first conviction; in the film this is rearranged to have been part of the reason his daughter is given away, whereas in the book, he does the dirty work for Compeyson after and because his daughter and wife are lost. However, as the book is quite a difficult read, this film does help you visualise the era, settings and understand some of the goings on, even if they are explained incorrectly or overlooked. The capture of Magwitch is spot on to the last detail. The relationship between Estella and Pip is easier to understand on screen, but the ending was definately not Dickens!