Great Expectations

The truth is, Miss Havisham only got dumped because she took too long to get ready.
The truth is, Miss Havisham only got dumped because she took too long to get ready.

Young Pip faces a dull future as a blacksmith, but his life gets some excitement with a chance encounter with an escaped convict, and then a summons to the crumbling manor of crumbling eccentric Miss Havisham. She wants a playmate/plaything for her ward, Estella, an ice queen in the making. Pip is smitten.

But after a few visits, Pip is dismissed permanently. He goes back to smithing and the years pass, until a lawyer turns up and tells Pip an anonymous benefactor wishes to make a gentleman of him. Pip’s life will change, but will Pip change with it, and for the better?

Dickens wrote in serial form – perfect for TV, but a little squishy on film. It’s also hard to judge a story that has been adapted one too many times (including recently for TV). A quality cast and production, but like Estella, a little lacking in emotion. 7/10

Released March 7, 2013.

 

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