Great Expectations

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In this stunning adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, young orphan Pip (Jeremy Irvine, War Horse) is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class-ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella (Holliday Grainger), a spoiled heiress he’s loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear. The high caliber ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) as Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient) as the convict Magwitch and Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter) as Jaggers. While there have been several memorable film version of Dicken’s enduring tale (including David Lean’s 1946 adaptation and Alfonso Cuaron’s modern-day update from 1998 starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke), director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Four Weddings and a Funeral) puts his own stamp on the material by taking a satisfyingly classical approach, crafting a fast paced, handsomely photographed and superbly acted adaptation of this timeless gem of English literature. (Dir. by Mike Newell, 2013, UK, 128 mins., Rated PG-13, Freestyle Releasing) Digital