Great Expectations

Mike Newell pilots the latest adaptation of the Dickens classic with a steady hand, although it does feel a tad abbreviated. He’s got a good cast that gives the classic novel strong treatment, even if this is the sort of thing that should go to a 10-day miniseries rather than a two-hour movie. Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) does a capable job as Pip, the orphan turned gentleman by a mysterious benefactor. Ralph Fiennes is terrific as Magwitch, the criminal treated kindly by a young Pip, while Helena Bonham Carter shines in a few scenes as the wedding dress-wearing Miss Havisham (Havisham’s burning scene is handled well). Newell’s film looks good and is well acted but lacks some of the grandeur one might expect from a modern day retelling of the legendary story. It sometimes feels like Cliff Notes rather than the real thing.



  • Mike Newell


  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Jason Flemyng
  • Robbie Coltrane
  • Jeremy Irvine
  • Holliday Grainger
  • Sophie Rundle
  • Ewen Bremner
  • Sally Hawkins
  • David Walliams
  • Jessie Cave
  • Tamzin Outhwaite
  • Ralph Ineson
  • Olly Alexander


  • Laurie Borg
  • David Faigenblum
  • Elizabeth Karlsen
  • Emanuel Michael
  • Stephen Woolley
  • Cliff Curtis
  • Jana Edelbaum
  • Steven Gagnon
  • Peter Hampden

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