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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:
Ewen Bremner, Jeremy Irvine
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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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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Yes wrong film, I know, but the right dream weaver. This is the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens timeless classic. It is the story of orphaned young Pip, who has been `hand reared' by his far from doting sister and her brow beaten but kindly, blacksmith husband , Joe Gargery (Jason Flemyng `I Give it a year' and `Snatch'). He helps an escaped convict on the fens one Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes) who is soon apprehended. Fortune smiles on him though after entertaining the local eccentric (that means rich and mental) Lady of the Manor the inimitable Miss Havisham - Helena Bonham-Carter.

That `fortune' is the news that he is to be made into a `gentleman' and go off to London to learn how to loaf about the place, being of absolutely no practical use to society, but also be able to spend great wads of cash with the ease of an incontinent passing water and he takes to being a profligate toff like a tramp to park benches. This he manages with the help of a portly lawyer, Mr Jaggers in the shape of Hogwarts beard specialist, Robbie Coltrane. This being Dickens though, we all know that tragedy, joy and ridiculous coincidences are never too far away.

This is the ninth adaptation of the classic novel, the first being 1934, the best being David Lean's version from 1946, with four made for television efforts, so it does beg the question, why make it again especially as one was made in 2011? I think the answer is this will go down a treat at Christmas and can be presented as a `new' adaptation with an `all star cast'. This is a new adaptation as the Bentley Drummle character and `the Finches' get a lot of prominence and Miss Havisham is played down, in my opinion a bit too much.
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I had great expectations of this film, but I'm sorry to say that it failed to grip me from the start - the initial scenes felt all too familiar and I had rather expected with such a great cast that they had been excited by something new and exciting.

Helena Bonham Carter is in my opinion a wonderful, talented actress, but in my opinion she seems to have misjudged the character of Miss Havisham - I liked that she wanted to embrace the unhinged mad element - but she seemed to play this side of the character to the exclusion of all the other dimensions, forgetting the cold, steely edge, the sharp and bitter reflections of her pain and as such she seemed rather too likeable.

I thought that the portrayal of Estella was rather too transparent throughout the film in terms her affection for Pip - I have always thought that the character of Estella was so hardened by the years of indoctrination by Miss Havisham to be cold and "heartless" that she was virtually incapable of anything compassion or love and that it was a real conflict for her in her relationship with Pip - but in this version it seemed all too easy for Estella to bestow her affection on Pip throughout and there seemed to be little struggle and her feelings seemed to be quite clear even early on.

I liked Robbie Coltrane as Jaggers, Ralph Fiennes was transformed in the role of Magwitch and played it well, but my quibble would be that he wasn't all that menacing at any point, which I should be something that underpins the early part of his relationship with Pip and was slightly lacking here. I thought that the actor playing Joe did so very effectively and as for the leading character, Pip - he was a slow-burner, starting slowly, but he grew into the role, improving throughout.
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