Masterpiece: Great Expectations (U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray]
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An orphan boy meets an escaped convict, a crazed rich woman, a bewitching girl, and grows up to have great expectations of wealth from a mysterious patron, in “Great Expectations,” Charles Dickens’ remarkable tale of rags to riches to self-knowledge.
There isn't an adaptation around that can compete with David Lean's definitive version of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, but this BBC-PBS coproduction has its pleasures. Though it gets off to a grim start with a violent skirmish on the moors, the proceedings become less off-putting once naive young Pip (Toast's Oscar Kennedy) grows into a man of some sophistication (now played by the dashing Douglas Booth). His adventures begin when the openhearted orphan helps out escaped convict Magwitch (Oliver Twist's Ray Winstone in fiery form), little realizing the machinations he has set into motion. Afterward, his sister, who resents the burden of his presence, sends him to live with the reclusive Miss Havisham (Bleak House's Gillian Anderson), a ghostly figure clinging to memories of thwarted romance. Miss Havisham means for Pip to entertain her haughty ward, Estella (Izzy Meikle-Small), with whom Pip falls in love, but the grown Estella (Vanessa Kirby) finds him unworthy and his guardian returns him to the forges of his youth. Fortunately, a mysterious benefactor steps in to save the day (David Suchet's solicitor makes the arrangements), allowing Pip to reconnect with Estella and to befriend Herbert Pocket (Harry Lloyd, an actual Dickens descendant), but dark shadows lurk around every London corner. If Anderson, who opts for a too-high vocal register, looks young for the part and if the final sequence deviates from Dickens's original text, director Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) still provides a moving conclusion to a two-part series that becomes more involving as it unfolds. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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lover,on her wedding day he took of with some of her money,was never to be seen again,
Pip” the young orphan boy wants to be like is brother-in-law as a blacksmith’s Forge.until fate
intervenes,twice actually,first by an escape convict (Ray Winstone)who ambushes pip in the marshes
and threatens him into helping him cut his shackles off, and soon after a wealthy reclusive,summoned
him to her macabre Satis House, Miss Havisham, played by the gorgeous and beautiful (Gillian Anderson)
this woman was so devastated by her lover, everything in the Satis House was exactly the same as when she
was planning her wedding,the cake,the way the table was set,all the flowers and the curtain with all it’s lace
and trim,even her wedding dress,that she would not abandon,she wore this dress all through the movie,wouldn’t
even comb her hair,and you can see all through the movie it’s getting blacker and blacker,the walls of the home
is starting to get molded,there is webs all over the place, Pip was supposed to be a playmate for her adopted daughter
Estella,pip falls in love with Estella,but miss Havisham will have none of it,she doesn’t want her to suffer the same
fate as she did, there is so much more to this story than meets the eye,I can’t give anymore away,I Love this Story,
Running at 2 Hours and 56 Minutes.you wouldn’t even know it,I was so caught up in the story,I almost didn’t had
time to take a breath. I see one person is referring this to “Gone With The Wind”are you crazy, not even close,
Another Masterpiece From PBS.