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Great Expectations [Blu-ray] 
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Get swept away with this beautiful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel starring Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Holliday Grainger (Anna Karenina), Robbie Coltrane (Arthur Christmas) and David Walliams (Little Britain). Directed by BAFTA Award-winning Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), this is a stunning re-telling of the classic tale.
Young orphan Pip (Jeremy Irvine) is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella (Holliday Grainger); a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.
Appreciating that Charles Dickens' Great Expectations is a text that's been adapted for the screen several times, not least in an acclaimed modern day BBC adaptation, it's easy to approach Mike Newell's lavish big screen take on the material with some suspicion. What part of the story, after all, is left to tell? Credit to Newell and his team then that he finds so much to have fun with here, by focusing so tightly on the narrative core. His Great Expectations may be no match for David Lean's, for example, but there's still plenty to enjoy here.
Newell takes a traditional approach to the novel, choosing to tell a classic story straight. His strategy pretty much pays off too, with a substantive cast adding gravitas to an already-impressive production. The likes of Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham-Carter and Jeremy Irvine are all on good form, and there are successful appearances from Robbie Coltrane and David Walliams too.
The biggest criticism of the film? That it chooses traditional over adventure, but conversely, that's just the way many are going to like it. This is a well-told take on Great Expectations, with sumptuous production values and plenty to enjoy. It might leave the gimmicks to the side, but that's certainly no reason to overlook it. A few more extras on the disc though wouldn't hurt... --Jon Foster
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The BBC 2012 version slightly disappointed me somewhat, but was saved by the superb acting of Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson, both of whom, in my opinion, win against Helen Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes. That said, this story, complete with its obvious bigger budget just edges the two.
Both versions are perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon on the sofa and both can easily be enjoyed again a few weeks later.
The Dickens stories have all been done to death and in doing so, they lose a little more of Dickens with each adaptation. If you can live with that and keep a library of books for the true tales, then these super modern, high tech visual splendours are worthy of a place on your DVD shelf.
There once was an adaptation of this story by the BBC in the late 50's. It ran for about 8 hours and played out every scene from the written book. This and most other adaptations, including the 1946 classic, cram the story into about 2 (3 for the 2012 BBC version). There's always going to be losses! Enjoy this for what it is and don't expect to watch every page of Charles Dickens's work played out on your screen!
Although the ending of the film gave the viewer more hope than was ever intended by Dickens in his novel, for purists this did go a little against the grain.
I think that the problems of this film were not of the director's making, but stem perhaps from the fact that other than some of the minor characters there are few characters who are wholly appealing. One does not feel fully engaged with the fates of any of the major protagonists. Nevertheless, I would recommend this as a well made and engaging film.
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