Great Expectations

Great Expectations

DVD - 1999
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Based on Charles Dickens' novel, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to modern day New York City, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love with a rich girl. But when a mysterious benefactor greenlights the man to make his dreams come true, everything done has the ultimate goal of making Estella fall in love with him.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c1999
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD GRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Oct 30, 2013

This modern-day rendition of Dickens' famous novel on the big screen is based on a much simplified plot, hence missing much details. While the idea may be novel, the execution of it falls short of my 'expectation'. I am disappointed as director Alfonso Cuaron can do much better work.

Aug 15, 2011

People who have not read Charles Dickens' novel will likely not fully appreciate the brilliance of the modern re-telling of this classic tale of boy-meets-girl, albeit with a shocking Dickensian twist. Hawke's 'Pip', naive artist Finn Bell, is played exceptionally sensitively, and Anne Bancroft is deliciously over-the-top as the eccentric Dinsmore. As an artist and dreamer, this is one of my all-time favorites and I watch it often.

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