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GREAT EXPECTATIONS (2013)

Posted on 12. Sep, 2013 by in Drama, Romance

“Great Expectations”
“Great Expectations” Official Movie Trailer 1 (2013) HD:
“Great Expectations” Toby Irvine, Jason Flemyng Movie HD:
Director: Mike Newell
Writers: David Nicholls (screenplay) & Charles Dickens (novel).
Stars: Toby Irvine, Jason Flemyng & William Ellis.
Rating: 6.2/10

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GreatExpectations“Great Expectations” is a 2012 British film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name. The film was directed by Mike Newell, with the adapted screenplay by David Nicholls, and stars Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane. It was distributed by Lionsgate.

Newell adapted the screenplay after being asked to work on it by producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, with whom he had worked on “And When Did You Last See Your Father?”.

Helena Bonham Carter was asked to appear as Miss Havisham by Newell, and accepted the role after some initial apprehension, while Irvine was initially intimidated by the thought of appearing on screen as Pip.

The premiere of the film closed the BFI London Film Festival in 2012, although it had already been previewed earlier in the year at the Toronto Film Festival. It was released in the UK on 30 November 2012.

Like all the boys in Dickens’ stories, Pip starts out as an abused boy.

His sister (played with vivid viciousness by Sally Hawkins) beats him while her steady, good-hearted husband Joe (Jason Flemyng) tries to protect Pip and be his best friend. When Pip is frightened into helping Magwitch evade the authorities, he sets in motion his own path to riches and doom.

This is the essence of Pip’s story. In a society so obsessed with class and belonging, how can a boy elevated from apprentice blacksmith to gentleman do it without becoming alienated from both worlds?

The answer is he can’t.

The strength of Dickens and the reason “Great Expectations” remains relevant a century and a half since he wrote it, is that the themes it explores are timeless. Social mobility might not be as tough as it was during Dickens’ time, but it is still fraught with difficulties for the unwary.

“Great Expectations” movie hit theaters on October, 11, 2013 (USA).

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