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September 13, 2012


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I was concerned that this film might falter on some fronts; I'm sorry to hear that it has. I was most worried that Helena Bonham Carter might fold into her usual stereotype that she plays for all her "crazy characters." I take it then that Gillian Anderson wins this go-around.

I'll admit that what is done in this 2012 version is done well (it's pretty albeit very dark), I think that extra hour in the BBC adaptation added a LOT to the story. That being said, I think David did well with the time he had and I always admire scripter's who condense a tome of a novel into something manageable. Plus for me, as a viewer I tend to watch "shorter" versions more frequently because I have the time.

That being said, I liked this one fine. I'll watch it again and liked Jeremy and Holiday in their roles (Gillian Anderson OWNS the role of Miss Havisham in the BBC version) even if the costuming wasn't always "pretty."

My favorite version of Great Expectations is the BBC one from 1999 with Ioan Gruffudd as Pip. Nobody ever really talks about it, but it's really good!
I actually don't like the David Lean version that much. Is that weird? It's a good movie, but not a good adaptation of Great Expectations...if that makes sense. :)

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