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Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)
An Good Adaptation
I think reading the book helps the viewer appreciate the movie. The movie is a pretty faithful adaptation to the novel. The movie tells the story of the crazy wife in the attic in Jane Eyre. Not only does it tell her story, but it gives an entirely believable explanation for her insanity. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but the story is as well. Set in Jamaica during colonial times, we see a young woman grow up in a unique society. It is easy to sympathize with the multi-layered characters. Karina Lombard is a great choice to play Antoinette. There isn't that much to the story, at least not in the way of events. The story is deep, though. It's definitely worth a watch, and if you can spare an afternoon, read the book- it's very short.
Great Expectations (1998)
An intense and romantic film
A lot of people don't like this film because it is so different from the original novel. The plot is more simple in the film and is quite different from the book. What the movie does succeed in is capturing a certain intensity and beauty. Great direction an intriguing script make this film more compelling the original novel. I have read the book and seen the movie. While the novel is of course a classic, the film has so much more resonance.
Ethan Hawke is properly cast and Gwyneth Paltrow provides one of her best(and most different) performances. The great supporting cast helps make Great Expectations a memorable film. The soundtrack to the movie is beautiful and compliments the film in a way that is not common in movies today.
The script deals with the two endings to the novel in a very appropriate way. While the film is a little melodramatic at times, it only adds to the old Hollywood feel of the movie. Filled with so much more passion and beauty than the novel, Great Expectations is something everyone should see.