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I love it when a film that is “supposed” to be all stuffy and classic turns out to be this electric and alive. I love it more when it’s based on Charles Dickens, around whom has accrued a heritage of gravity and importance, like his work was a mealy good-for-you-vegetable to be gulped down when in fact he was nothing more than the Stephen King, the J.K. Rowling, the kickass beach-read diversion of his day. This Great Expectations gets that, reminds us that Dickens’ stories were about real -- or as realish as fiction gets -- people living in the modern world, with earthy dreams and desires, who don’t realize they’re characters in a costume drama who are supposed to behave with a certain level of literary decorum. We’re still in the mid 19 century, but this young Pip (Toby Irvine) is just the teensiest bit Harry Potter-ish, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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