Based on Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to modern day New York City, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love with a rich girl.
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One of the most beautifully crafted studio films of the 90s. The 90s were a cultural wasteland and so when someone like Cuarón was handed a predictable script, he did the best he could with it. Eminently watchable even when they're sold short by their studio trappings. And anything shot by Emmanuel Lubezki is going to be awesome. The most passionate chapter in his love affair with the colour green.
to me this movie is like a childhood song, you forget it, but then it suddenly creeps up on you, and u fall in love with it all over again, knowing every tune. and honestly the soundtrack in unbelievable!
The locations and particularly the houses and Paraiso Perduto did it for me - I loved the layer of sensuality and tension kept throughout the entire film and Francesco Clemente's art. Mrs. Dinsmoor is. such. a class. goal. Also green. Tons of green. Green is Estella's unapproachable nature to me, and her presence in Finn's life.
This was definitely one of the films that shaped my teenage years. Still has to be my favorite adaptation of Charles Dicken's book. Impressive screenplay, and brilliant acting. This "Great Expecations" is worthy of anyone's time.
A rather beautiful film, that falls short only in times when it strays towards being a bit too Hollywood in feel. Certain plot points, and staging, pacing and such kept me from fully digging in. I realize I also didn't really enjoy Gweneth Paltrow's character. She kept me from really wanting her to win out in the end. And the ending, was a bit rushed. Granted I'm sure the book was too much for two hours to swallow.