Great Expectations details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine, David Walliams, Helena Barlow, Jason Flemyng, Ewen Bremner, Holliday Grainger, Sally Hawkins, Robbie Coltrane, Toby Irvine|
|Collections:||March - Drama|
|Run time:||2 hours 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Mar 2013|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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One For My CollectionBy LoudPedal (45 reviews) from Maidstone , 02 Dec 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]Great Expectations is a well known British classic and there have been many versions brought to the big screen. This adaptation of Charles Dickens novel by Mike Newell (Harry Potter, Prince of Persia) is one of the best yet. The interiors and exteriors are totally believable and one can almost smell the salt of the Kent marshes and the ordure of Victorian London. It is difficult to praise the film without spoilers so I encourage anyone who may be put off by a Dickens story that is not set to music to take joy in this excellent rendition. I had some reservations in seeing it thinking that Helena Bonham Carter may go over the top but she was superb as the the jilted and slightly mad spinster Miss Havisham Ralph Fiennes played Magwitch excellently. Generally the casting was superb, although I had reservations with that of David Walliams as a lisping Uncle Pumblechook.
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A visual delightBy a customer , 10 May 2013The best adaptation of this great novel I've seen yet. Visually stunning - a feast for the eyes. Explores characters in a more subtle, sympathetic manner than in previous renditions of this story, particularly in the case of Miss Havisham, which was refreshing to see. Very beautiful film.
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Lovely Version of a Dickens Classic StoryBy MrGiles2 (81 reviews) from Middlesbrough , 09 May 2013I really enjoyed watching this film, based on a classic Charles Dickens novel. It has been filmed many times over the years, the greatest version, probably the David Lean version made in 1947 which even after all these years has been difficult to emulate. This version, true to the original novel, is well produced, with some great locations which looked really good on Blu-Ray. A great cast too, although I must admit, I did have reservations about Holliday Grainger's portrayal as Estella. She does play her part well though and deserves a commendation. The real star however, is Helene Bonham-Carter's portrayal as the eccentric Miss Haversham. She is quite simply, superb. I have not forgotten Jeremy Irvine's role as PIp, nor Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. They both shone in their respective roles. A good supporting cast is provided. For those who enjoy watching Dickens on the big screen, go for this version. Very entertaining all round.
Sainty's reviewBy a customer , 08 May 2013I wasn't disappointed. Quite the opposite. Having read the book several times and seen the original black and white version I didn't expect to be impressed, but I was. True to my memories of the book and the acting was excellent.
What the Dickens?By DrExcitment (9 reviews) , 01 May 2013The plot may be complex and occasionally wander from the original story but, what the hell, the acting is superb, the adaptation sympathetic and the filming beautiful. It is to great credit that a Dickens novel can be turned into a film that holds its own against modern action-packed blockbusters. Helen Bonham-Carter predictably gives us the best Miss Haversham of any version....superb. Highly recommended if you are prepared to revist the delights of an old classic.
Don't let your expectations get too highBy a customer , 28 Apr 2013A three's about right, the TV adaptation being better. Helen Bonham Carter's far too desirable to have left at the altar, so she was miscast as Miss Haversham.