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"Great Expectations" Episode #1.3 (2011)

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A good ending

Author: pawebster from England
1 January 2012

As IMDb does not seem to be allowing us to comment on the serial as a whole, I am doing it one episode at a time.

This is the finale, and it's pretty good. I still don't think Douglas Booth was a good choice for Pip (as I explained at length in my review of episode 2), but I'll leave that aside here.

The story is simplified and stripped back, which we have to accept in a three-hour adaptation of a very long book. The revelation of the real benefactor is pretty well handled, and the demise of the bogus benefactor, while perhaps a bit too melodramatic, is not out of character for Dickens. The river scene is well done.

It's a shame Joe doesn't marry Biddy (She doesn't exist in this version). In fact Joe gets pretty short shrift altogether. It's also a pity that we are never told the reason why Pip ends up without any money - but these defects are not too severe.

As for the final scene, we should recall that Dickens himself came up with two versions of it and seemed unsure about how to end the book. I think it is well handled here.

The previous BBC version of 1999 was better overall, but this one is still well worth seeing.

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