Great Expectations '12 [Blu-ray]
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This adaptation is chock full of well known actors and wonderful performances. The production values are outstanding and the setting is true period (not a re-imagining). In fact, this edition may become some peoples' favorite version. However, I felt it lacked that final spark to make it a true classic. I suggest a rental first and try other recent adaptations below.
FIRST THE EXCELLENT. The actor playing Pip is terrific and I am glad they didn't simply try to find the most famous name they could cast. This is a reasonably faithful adaptation for purists and that may sway you to this production over others. Much original dialog is used, yet a more natural voice of cinematic acting is employed rather than a melodramatic stage acting style. Still, very Dickensian though. Jason Flemyng, as the blacksmith that raises Pip, proves he is more than just a role player and I felt he was truly outstanding and sympathetic. This version as a whole was really fantastic at portraying the mood of Pip's transformation, his embarrassment with his previous life and friends, as well as his realization/reconciliation later. I also really liked that this version deftly defines the very moment where Pip charms Ms. Havisham as a boy, and unknowingly saves himself from a fate reserved for another, meaner gentleman.
NOW THE LESS GOOD. The movie had so many elements that could make it a true classic. However, it fails to flesh out Ms. Havisham and Estella. The movie feels long, yet still too short to make you care about characters necessary to draw the viewer in.Read more ›
I can't understand why so many reviews, both from critics and the public alike, are so negative. It is a good watch whether you've read the novel or not. Literary purists will enjoy it for the fact that it stays so close to the book, and casual film buffs will appreciate that the twisting Dickensian plot is made comprehensible enough so that they can follow along as well. Having watched other adaptations including the much-lauded 1946 Lean film version, which was, incidentally, the last time this story made it to the silver screen, others pale in comparison. There is not a thing about it that I would change or want any different. It is probably the best film I've seen all year.
Hats off to screenwriter David Nicholls, who manages to successfully translate a 450+ page novel into the perfect 2-hour film. He kept it to just the right length--long enough to avoid feeling butchered, but short enough so that things weren't dragged out longer than necessary. The pacing was good, and I never felt like something had been "cut out", a rare feeling in a production like this. The preservation of Dickens' own dialogue and his occasional touches of humor lends an authenticity rarely felt in adaptations of his work (ref. BBC's disastrous 3-hour miniseries).Read more ›
The story is soften told that the plot is well known - though never as fully realized as in this beautifully photographed (John Mathieson) and scored (Richard Hartley) version. Pip as a lad (Toby Irvine, Jeremy Irvine's younger brother) is terrified by an encounter with escaped convict Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes) and befriends him - a significant moment in the story. The young orphan Pip is kept by blacksmith Joe Gargery (Jason Flemyng) and his horrid wife (Sally Hawkins) until he is engaged by the strange Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter) in her strangely creepy house to play with her `daughter' Estella (Helena Barlow). In rather rapid sequence the adult Pip (now Jeremy Irvine) inherits a fortune from an anonymous benefactor, his future seems promising. Estella (now Holliday Grainger) seems bent on a different life than one with the obviously infatuated Pip. Pip is off to London, becomes a wealthy gentleman, still pines for Estella, is supervised by Jaggers (Robbie Coltrane) until a series of secrets surface and the story proceeds to its complex conclusion.Read more ›
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The movie was well made, though the pacing felt rushed, especially at the beginning, and while I understand the need to condense the plot, I didn't appreciate the changes they made... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Favorite movie of all times everyone must see this movie so great 👍🏻👍🏻😘Published 1 month ago by normaanntorchio
Have seen some of the earlier versions - can't wait to see how this one compares.Published 1 month ago by DAVID J NEWTON
The novel, Great Expectations, is one of my all time favorites. Although the acting was good, I found it to be choppy with not enough time to develop various strands of the plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy S.
Terrific adaptation. A lush fillm with a deep appreciation of the source material. Better ending than Dickens.Published 3 months ago by Theo Gangi
I watched this after reading the novel by Charles Dickens. The book obviously has more to it and is often the case superior to the movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Operagirl
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