The upteenth adaptation of Dcikens' novel, this film had a lot going for it: Visually-appealing cinematography & wonderful performances (esp. Fiennes); what more do you need? Well, you need to do something new that justifies the need for its existence. Sadly, this doesn't do that & it's flaws are exposed; such as the rushed narrative & the lack of chemistry between the leads. Skip this & watch Lean's version instead.
TIFF '12 Much like its casting of Jeremy Irvine as Pip this take on 'Expectations' is handsome but empty. One doesn't have empathy for the characters this time around with the lack of chemistry between Irvine and Grainger pretty much sinking the production and the overwrought hammy turn by Helena Bonham Carter deepsixing it. Flemyng and Coltrane pretty much the only thesps making a mark. Stick with Lean.
I feel that because of the big names in this production the Masterpiece Classic version of Great Expectation that only just came out will be ignored completely. The Masterpiece version was quite brilliant and a closer adaption to the book then this theatrical version will most likely be. I recommend watching that version, Gillian Anderson is lovely as Miss Havisham.
Great production, nice photography and beautiful English. The story started nicely but once the movie moves forwards loose its purpose and doesnt grab your attention anymore. This version is too focused on him and not their relationship, which I believe, is the core of the story.