Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Book to Movie: Great Expectations

I was very excited to get a chance to review the new Blu-ray version of "Great Expectations." This is a fantastic movie and definitely worth a look!
What's the Story?:

Synopsis: "From the director of Four Weddings and a Funeral comes this fresh, “absorbing” (Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times) cinematic realization of Charles Dickens’ beloved novel starring Oscar® Nominees Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes*. After an orphaned, blacksmith’s apprentice inherits a fortune from an anonymous benefactor, he moves to London – and towards a promising future. But the machinations of a bitter heiress (Bonham Carter) seem to put the beautiful young woman (Holliday Grainger) he loves forever out of his reach. This “satisfying” (David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer) drama featuring vibrant cinematography and lush costumes also stars Jeremy Irvine, Jason Flemyng and Robbie Coltrane."

My Two Cents:

This is not the first time that Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" has gotten the Hollywood treatment but this movie is definitely worthy to stand amongst some of the other versions that have been done before. This movie has all of the visual appeal and drama that you would expect for this story. It stars Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes and while I love both of them, I do want to mention how amazing of a choice that Bonham Carter was for the memorable Miss Havisham. She truly was amazing in that character and definitely one of my favorite parts about the movie. She was so right for the role. 

It must be so intimidating for filmmaker to take on such a well-known story like "Great Expectations" but I really thought this movie did a good job of sticking to the story and breathing new life into it! Even if you have not read "Great Expectations," you will still enjoy this movie. The filmmakers did a great job with bringing this story to life.

This movie will definitely appeal to those who love a good costume drama. The settings and the costumes were really fantastic for this movie. I always enjoy a good costume drama!


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