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Ralph Fiennes (as escaped prisoner Magwitch) and Helena Bonham Carter (as bitter old spinster Miss Havisham) provide the high spots in this grim and cheerless adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Each has a hand in shaping the future of orphan Pip, who's beaten by his sister (Sally Hawkins) and only has her kindly but ineffectual husband (Jason Flemyng) to look up to. But Pip (played as a grown-up by
Jeremy Irvine) is given the chance to better himself after a trust fund is opened in his name by a mysterious benefactor. He is also able to present himself to Estella (Holliday Grainger), Miss Havisham's ward, who has always kept him at a distance. But Irvine plays Pip as all innocence, and so his scenes with Grainger have no pulse. Director Mike Newell drains every bit of colour to affect an ominous mood, but this also drains the movie's life, making the dark obsession at the heart of the story fall flat. And all final hopes and expectations are dashed by a bungled ending.
A penniless orphan is chosen by a reclusive spinster to be a playmate for her cold-hearted ward, whom he falls in love with. As he grows up, a mysterious benefactor offers him the chance to rise into high society, but dark secrets lie behind both the object of his adoration and his newfound fortune. Period drama based on Charles Dickens' novel, starring Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Holliday Grainger.
Cast & Crew
Helena Bonham Carter
Some violence, brief swearing.
DVD and Blu-ray
30 Nov 2012
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