Great Expectations is one of those books. If we did not read it at some point during our school days, we read it as adults. It’s no wonder that the book has been adapted for the screen many times over.
In 2011, Great Expectations was made into a TV movie starring Douglas Booth as Pip, the poor boy whose life is forever changed by a mysterious benefactor, Vanessa Kirby as Estella, the girl Pip has loved since boyhood and Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham, Estella’s eccentric adopted mother.
As an adaptation, it’s not that bad. What I liked about this adaptation is that, like all good stories, there are certain narratives and experiences that are timeless. The book and this adaptation also reflect the changing world that the industrial revolution created.
I recommend it.
A good book is like an old friend. No matter how much time has passed, you can always go back and it will be waiting.
In 1998, director Alfonso Cuaron took the classic Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations out of Victorian England and into the then modern world.
In New York City, Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke) has been in love with Estella (Gwyneth Paltrow) since he was a boy. But her ice queen adopted mother, Ms. Dinsmoor (the late Anne Bancroft) has taught Estella to keep all men at a distance. When a mysterious stranger gives Finnegan the opportunity to see his dreams become reality, Finnegan will use this opportunity to see another long-held dream come to light: render Estella as in love with him as he is with her.
Will Finnegan finally have the woman of his dreams by his side or will she continue to reject him?
I have not seen this move in a very long time. As I seem to recall, with the exception of being set in 1998, the movie is true to the book. And there is a lot of green.
Do I recommend it? Why not?