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Great Expectations Review


Even though Charles Dickens' oft-told story is livened up with a terrific cast and sharp script, it's difficult to see anything terribly new about this BBC-produced version. Especially since it comes less than a year after their previous lavish TV production. But there are plenty of elements in this film that make it worth seeing, as the soap-style plot twists and turns through comedy and romance to its action-thriller climax.

After growing up as an orphan with his blacksmith uncle (Flemyng) and high-strung aunt (Hawkins), Pip (Irvine) is given the chance to live as a London gentleman. He's sure that his anonymous benefactor is the barmy Miss Havisham (Bonham Carter), a broken-hearted hermit he worked for as a child. And since he's still in love with her adopted daughter Estella (Grainger), he decides to use his new position in society to court her. But things don't quite go as expected, and his life takes a surprising turn when scary prison escapee Magwitch (Fiennes) latches onto Pip and begins revealing some surprising connections between all of these people.

This faithful retelling of Dickens' novel is packed with coincidences and revelations, as well as the kind of gleefully thorny rivalries that would be expected on Dallas or Downton Abbey. Overloaded with blackly comical intrigue, it's a compulsively enjoyable film that entertains us on a variety of levels as the story develops. Although director Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) never tries anything too flashy. Which means that despite the high quality, the film is straightforward and perhaps unnecessary.

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Great Expectations


Picture - Bebe Cave and Jessie Cave , Sunday 21st October 2012

Bebe Cave and Jessie Cave - Bebe Cave and Jessie Cave Sunday 21st October 2012 56th BFI London Film Festival: Great Expectations - closing film held at the Odeon West End - Arrivals

Picture - Bebe Cave and Jessie Cave... , Sunday 21st October 2012

Bebe Cave, Jessie Cave and R - Bebe Cave and Jessie Cave (R) and guest Sunday 21st October 2012 56th BFI London Film Festival: Great Expectations - closing film held at the Odeon West End - Arrivals.

Picture - Warwick Davis, James, Oliver Phelps,Jessie... London, England, Thursday 1st December 2011

Warwick Davis, Jessie Cave, Mark Williams and Oliver Phelps - Warwick Davis, James, Oliver Phelps,Jessie Cave,Mark Williams London, England - In celebration of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 on Blu-ray and DVD stars from the film participate in a signing at The Harry Potter Shop at Harrods Thursday 1st December 2011

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