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The second poster has arrived for Great Expectations starring Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter. Mike Newell directs the romantic drama adventure scripted by David Nicholls based on the Charles Dickens novel. Also in the cast are Jason Flemyng, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner, Sally Hawkins, David Walliams, Sophie Rundle, Toby Irvine, Helena Barlow, David Walliams, Bernice Stegers, Tim Freeman, Alan Rushton, Sheila Simpson, Bebe Cave, Robert Burton and Richard James. The film opened in limited theaters this weekend (November 8th) and is rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images. The story follows a humble orphan who is raised to gentleman status thanks to the aid of an unknown benefactor. »
Watching the latest "Great Expectations," one can't help but think Helena Bonham Carter has spent her entire career auditioning for the role of Miss Havisham. The jilted, wilted bride whose bitterness she carries into her dotage is the very picture of the wild-eyed, wilder-haired Carter.
Mike Newell, who gave us one of the most sumptuous looking Harry Potter pictures ("Goblet of Fire"), conjures up a lush, period-perfect version of the oft-filmed Charles Dickens tale of a poor boy whose act of kindness as a child is repaid, with interest -- and with a catch.
Newell and screenwriter David Nicholls move beyond the familiar "spoiler alert" beats of this over-familiar story -- a more definitive BBC / PBS miniseries aired just two years ago -- and aim for the periphery. We dwell on the dissipation of Pip, the lad plucked from his brother-in-law's blacksmith shop, told he has come into money and »
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