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Great Expectations on DVD,
This review is from: Great Expectations [DVD]  (DVD)
Having seen, and been disappointed in, many book-to-film adaptations, this particular version surprised me. It is very true to the book, and apart from Orlick and the Pockets, leaves no major character's story out. The dialogue is mostly lifted straight from Dicken's text, and yet still works quite well on film. The settings are very realistic, Satis House is very impressive and almost exactly as I imagined it to be. If I remember correctly, the ending of the film is the same as the original ending that Dicken's wrote - this helps to tie the film up and works better than the published ending.
My only criticisms would be that John Mills, although a very fine actor, is a poor 'older Pip' for the simple reason that he looks far too old. He was in fact 38 when he made the film by my reckoning... and is not a very believable 20 year old Pip in my opinion. The young Pip (Anthony Wager) and young Estella (Jean Simmons) on the other hand are exactly how I imagined them to be. By the end of the film, it feels like too much has happened in too short a time, and it is quite hard to keep track of everything that has gone on - this is only to be expected considering the length and complexity of the novel, and I for one appreciate that it did not cut any sub-plots out despite the possibility of confusion.
I recommend that you definitely read it first, only then will you be able to appreciate the film fully.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2014 21:13:19 BDT
I agree about the Mills casting but would also express some problems metamorphosing the young Estella (Jean Simmons) into the adult Estella (Valerie Hobson). It takes a good deal of imagination stretching!
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