Recently, another movie based on Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations was released. I think the film is the seventh version of the classic. I’ve only seen one other version of the novel, which I have not read (shame on me). Compared to the version that starred Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, this new version is more gritty and takes place in Dickens’ era instead of modern time like the other Great Expectations movie I’ve seen. The movie is slow, but enjoyable and includes unexpected twists in the story. Great Expectations is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Continue reading to learn five things about Great Expectations (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment).
5 Things About the Great Expectations Blu-ray
The orphan becomes a gentleman
Great Expectations is the story about a poor orphan boy (Pip) who eventually becomes a man of status in London. His benefactor is an escaped convict named Magwitch. When Pip was young, he helped Magwitch after he escaped. Over the years, Magwitch became wealthy in the new world. He then used that money to buy Pip a good life as a gentleman.
The movie eventually sold the love story
Great Expectations is also a love story about Pip and a girl named Estella. They meet when they are young and Pip eventually falls for her. But as things begin to heat up, the girl’s aunt tells Pip never to return. This of course breaks Pip’s heart. Many years later, Pip and Estella are reunited. Pip still loves Estella, but Estella has become a cold and loveless person. Estella explains to Pip she can’t love him because she has no heart. Pip tells Estella that no matter what, he will always love her. He said it with so much passion that Estella almost falls for Pip too, but then her heart hardens again. To be honest, I didn’t really believe Pip was truly in love with Estella until he expressed his love so passionately. Before this, I thought Pip’s love for Estella was just infatuation.
Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes are great
Jeremy Irvine played the part of Pip, and Holliday Grainger played the part of Estella. They both did a decent job in their roles. However, I thought Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes stood out. They were both excellent. Bonham Carter played the part of the eccentric Miss Havisham, while Fiennes played the part of Magwitch (the criminal who helps Pip). Other cast members include Jason Flemyng (Joe Gargery), Robbie Coltrane (Jaggers), William Ellis (Compeyson), David Walliams (Mr. Pumblechook), Bernice Stegers (Mrs. Hubble), Tim Freeman (Mr. Wopsle), Alan Rushton (Mr. Hubble), Sheila Simpson (Mrs. Wopsle), Ralph Ineson (Sergeant), Steve Morphew (Soldier), Helena Barlow (Young Estella), Richard James (Cousin Raymond), Roberta Burton (Mrs. Raymond), Bebe Cave (Young Biddy), Pooky Quesnel (Sarah Pocket), Kate Lock (Camilla Pocket), Charlie Callaghan (Young Herbert), Jessie Cave (Biddy), Ewen Bremner (Wemmick), Olly Alexander (Herbert Pocket), Daniel Weyman (Arthur Havisham), Joe Jameson (Bullfinch), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Bentley Drummle). Great Expectations was directed by Mike Newell.
Great Expectations is rated PG-13
The 128 minute film is rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images. There really were only a handful of mildly intense scenes. The movie is fine for young children. However, they probably won’t understand some of the more complex plot elements.
Great Expectations doesn’t include many special features
Not counting the movie trailer, the Blu-ray only includes one special feature: Great Expectations – Premiere Piece.
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