Great Expectations Short Review

Based on Charles Dickens' classic 1861 novel. Victorian style drama of cruelty, sentimentality and moral reckoning. The story starts off with young Pip(Jeremy Irvine}, a boy whose had an encounter with an escaped prisoner (Ralph Fiennes) he meets in a graveyard and takes pity on, bringing him food,…

The Crit

Cast - 60%
Story - 80%
Music Score - 66%
Effects/Quality - 61%
Originality - 61%

66%

Based on Charles Dickens' classic 1861 novel.

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Based on Charles Dickens’ classic 1861 novel.

Victorian style drama of cruelty, sentimentality and moral reckoning.

The story starts off with young Pip(Jeremy Irvine}, a boy whose had an encounter with an escaped prisoner (Ralph Fiennes) he meets in a graveyard and takes pity on, bringing him food, some whiskey and a file to saw through his chains.

He is engaged by Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter), a wealthy spinster with alot of rage since being left at the altar on her wedding day, to be a companion to her adopted daughter, Estella (Holliday Grainger). So Pip falls in love and comes to understand that, a son of a blacksmith will never be able to be with her unless he becomes a proper gentlemen.  But Pip should have been far more weary of what he wished for.

This movie’s emotional core is not that much in the romance between Pip and Estella, but more in Pip’s moral development and how the love story informs and complicates it with a few suprises for Pip along the way.

Additional Information

Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD
Genre: Drama / Romance / Classic
Age Rating: PG13 
Estimated RRP: R199.00
Release Date:2013

Likes

  • Romantic
  • Good story line

Dislikes

  • Long
  • Not everyone will enjoy it

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