United Kingdom, 2012, 128 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: USA
Topics: Family Friendly, Romance
Program: Modern Masters
There have been several memorable film versions of Charles Dickens’ novel (along with Oliver Twist his most popular with moviemakers). David Lean’s 1946 adaptation is probably the most evocative, but Alfonso Cuaron’s green-hued New York update with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow also has its charms.
Not surprisingly, Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) has taken a more classical approach, restoring the story of the humble blacksmith’s son raised up in class by a mysterious benefactor to Victorian England, and to the lovely landscape of Kent, where it feels most at home. Jeremy Irvine, Spielberg’s War Horse discovery, is Pip (his brother Toby plays the character in the younger scenes), whose unhappiness is sealed when he makes the acquaintance of the bitter spinster Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter) and her beautiful protégé, Estella (the euphoniously-named Holliday Grainger). Meanwhile Ralph Fiennes plays the convict, Magwitch, whose destiny is intertwined with Pip’s. This is a handsomely crafted, sensitive and superbly acted adaptation, a fitting tribute to Dickens 200 years after his birth.
DIRECTOR: Mike Newell
Producer: Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen, David Faigenblum, Emanuel Michael
Editor: Tariq Anwar
Screenwriter: David Nicholls
Cinematographer: John Mathieson
Music: Richard Hartley
Principal Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins, Jason Flemyng
Filmography: Love in the Time of Cholera (2007), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Pushing Tin (1999), Donnie Brasco (1997), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Dance With a Stranger(1985)
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