Great Expectations

Release Date 30 Nov 2012 TBA

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Certificate: U

Genre: Comedy

Mike Newell, BAFTA award winning director of Four Weddings and A Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, directs a high calibre ensemble cast including BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech, Alice in Wonderland) as Miss Havisham, BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List, The English Patient) as the convict Magwitch, Robbie Coltrane (Bond, Harry Potter) as Jaggers and newcomer Jeremy Irvine, fresh from his lead role in Spielberg's War Horse, as Pip.

Helena Bonham Carter | Ralph Fiennes | Jason Flemyng | Jeremy Irvine | Holliday Grainger | Sally Hawkins

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    • Currently 3/5 Stars.


    The film has a very "Harry Pottery" look which is no surprise since Newell made one of the films in that series. Performances are generally fine, with Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter predictably stealing the main honors.

    • Currently 3/5 Stars.


    Acting greats Bonham Carter and Fiennes carry the picture. Both are amazing but not featured much. At best, the film will make you want to read some Dickens to experience his complex characters. However, the film itself barely touches them and (especially the ending) feels like an afterthought.

    • Currently 2/5 Stars.


    It's reasonable as undemanding Sunday afternoon telly, but as a movie event you'd better lower your expectations.

    • Currently 4/5 Stars.


    It's been adapted many times already, most notably by David Lean in 1946, so do we really need another version of Great Expectations? The answer is a resounding yes. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, young Pip helps grizzled convict Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes). Soon afterwards, he comes to live with his relative, the gaunt Lady Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter). He falls head-over-heels for the proud Estella. Years pass. Now a young man, Pip (Jeremy Irvine) is to become a gentleman in London thanks to a mysterious benefactor. His path once again crosses with Lady Havisham and the now grown-up Estella (Holliday Grainger), with dramatic consequences... A handsomely-mounted production by director Mike Newell, this is everything you could want from a traditional Dickens adaptation - a wintry atmosphere, fine period detail and a rogues gallery of reliable supporting players. Bonham Carter channels Bellaxtrix Lestrange for her interpretation of the tortured Lady Havisham and it works well. It's a little dark and menacing at times, but that would be keeping in touch with the spirit of the age. It's not the definitive interpretation of this story, but it's certainly one of the better and more worthy ones. Recommended.