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On 07 February 2013, Charles Dickens birthday, his most popular novel, Great Expectations, finally had its West End Première. This momentous occasion, enjoyed by many, is now available for audiences to enjoy.
The crucial central roles go wanting.
It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon.
This Great Expectations is an absorbing addition to the roster of Dickens films that continues our 21st-century fascination with the worlds created by a 19th-century storyteller.
Director Mike Newell approaches the sprawling bildungsroman with a stiff formalism, sacrificing all cinematic excitement for the sake of exalting great performances.
Honors the source while making some small but significant alterations.
It's not clear what this re-do adds except another line to these actors' resumes.