Saturday, May 3, 2014
Blu-ray Review - Great Expectations
About the Movie
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 Take on the Movie
This movie has really done a great job at capturing the essence of this amazing book. While no book can completely create the same environment that the book does, this is by far the best movie that I have seen thus far! One of the things that I loved is that they stay true to the original dialogue from the book. If you have read and enjoy the book, this movie takes much from the book itself. The movie also creates the atmosphere and environment perfectly. You are transported back in time through not only the language but also through the costuming, set design and so much more. The movie makers take painstaking efforts to create a movie that truly stays consistent with what you would imagine while reading the book itself. The acting in the movie is also strong and the actors embrace their characters well. Overall, I was pleased with this movie and encourage all who love this classic novel to watch and enjoy, as you too will be impressed!
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