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Great Expectations (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 8 November 2013 (USA)
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A series of events change the orphaned Pip's life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

David Nicholls (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Irvine Toby Irvine ... Young Pip
Ralph Fiennes ... Magwitch
Jason Flemyng ... Joe Gargery
Sally Hawkins ... Mrs. Joe
William Ellis ... Compeyson
David Walliams ... Mr. Pumblechook
Bernice Stegers ... Mrs. Hubble
Tim Freeman Tim Freeman ... Mr. Wopsle
Alan Rushton Alan Rushton ... Mr. Hubble
Sheila Simpson Sheila Simpson ... Mrs. Wopsle
Ralph Ineson ... Sergeant
Steve Morphew ... Soldier
Helena Barlow Helena Barlow ... Young Estella
Richard James ... Cousin Raymond
Roberta Burton Roberta Burton ... Mrs. Raymond
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A series of events change the orphaned Pip's life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

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Prepare for a life of great expectations. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grandes Esperanças See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,500, 10 November 2013

Gross USA:

$258,656

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,202,879
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Helena Bonham Carter stated in an interview that she wore only one shoe for the filming of Great Expectations, as in the book, Dickens described Miss Havisham as wearing only one shoe. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning when Pip is running towards the camera he steps into a muddy hole where there seems to be large wide modern tyre marks. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Estella: I had heard that you were here and thriving, and I had a desire to see my old friend. My only friend.
Estella: Every last minute? You said that you would always think of me.
Pip: And I have.
Estella: That you would think of the good in me.
Pip: Always. You're a part of me, Estelle.
Estella: You were on a ship, they said. On the river...
Pip: I love you, Estelle.
Estella: [a tear of relief] I'm glad.
PipEstella: [they join hands]
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The Fine Old English Gentleman
Written by Charles Dickens
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An at times gripping but overall meandering retelling
22 October 2012 | by niomithegirlSee all my reviews

This adaptation of Great Expectations did enchant me at some points. There was a definite highlight in the relationship between Magwitch (played by Fiennes)and Pip (Irvine). The issue, however, comes with a certain lack of focus in the film: it could have centered on the gripping dynamic of those two, but instead wandered between hopeless Estella-loving Pip and confused gentleman-aspiring Pip, not choosing to dwell on the excellent depictions of rough father figure Magwitch and reluctant son Pip. The best moments involved them - from the disbelief when Pip realizes who Magwitch is to the suspense and melancholy of their later scenes.

In short, the acting was spot-on, but the story wavered. Director Newell walked a very fine line between kitschy and touching in depictions of Havisham, Estella and Pip's relationship. With Estella and Pip's main confrontation, for example, I found myself drawn in and absorbed by their emotions - but the over-the-top display of melodrama, with Estella over-symbolically torn between Havisham and Pip, quickly cut through the tension and made it veer toward the more absurd. Bonham Carter as Havisham was a good choice, but it seemed almost too obvious: she plays the part as if straight from Tim Burton's CORPSE BRIDE, a film she herself has compared her character to.

It was worth it to watch the excellent acting by Irvine and Fiennes. There were laughs and tension but it was all quite formulaic; and the meandering film focus, finally leading to a spotlight on Estella/Pip but without a satisfying kick in the end, did not add up to a particularly memorable film. 6/10.


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