‘Great Expectations’ Trailer: Another Adaptation of the Dickens Classic
Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ is no stranger to adaptation. To date, there have been thirteen TV movie (or mini-series) versions, six films, and one ‘South Park‘ parody. Director Mike Newell is the latest to tackle the book, and now there’s a trailer, albeit an international one with German subtitles.
And if you know the material the main thrusts of the narrative are in the trailer, from the opening where Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes) confronts Pip and Magwitch’s later reveal, and much of goings on in the house of Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter), the insane spinster who also leaves a great impression on Pip. Here ‘War Horse’ lead Jeremy Irvine plays Pip as an adult.
For those who haven’t read the book, or seen a previous adaptation, here’s a synopsis:
Pip, a poor orphan being raised by a cruel sister, does not have much in the way of great expectations between his terrifying experience in a graveyard with a convict named Magwitch and his humiliating visits with the eccentric Miss Havisham’s beautiful but manipulative niece, Estella, who torments him until he is elevated to wealth by an anonymous benefactor. Full of unforgettable characters, Great Expectations is a tale of intrigue, unattainable love, and all of the happiness money can’t buy. Great Expectations has the most wonderful and most perfectly worked-out plot for a novel in the English language, according to John Irving, and J. Hillis Miller declares, Great Expectations is the most unified and concentrated expression of Dickens’s abiding sense of the world, and Pip might be called the archetypal Dickens hero.
And for those who want to know the star appeal, it also features Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremmer, Holliday Grainger, Jason Flemyng, and Sally Hawkins. Currently the film has no U.S. distributor, but it will be playing the Toronto film festival, so if it looks like a strong Oscar contender, expect it to be snatched up shortly.