6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Some parts brilliant, some parts poor,
This review is from: Great Expectations [DVD] (DVD)
What would I have liked to have known before buying it?
It's a good adaptation, roughly reflecting the original brutal truth of Dickens's story. However, despite top quality acting from Gillian Anderson (in particular)as Miss Haversham and from Ray Winstone as Magwich (a role made for him), the modern sweet and doll like Pip was just too off putting. An important point in the book was that Pip was plain looking and that Estella was way out of his league for that reason as much as of class; trying to make him attractive for a modern (and youthful?)audience has failed miserably. Unfortunately too, the change of ending is just too contrived - and unnecessary (as was the Haversham demise).
That said, it had several very good moments and the three lead actors were all very good. It's certainly watchable (especially if you haven't seen John Mills in the role or enjoyed the book).