3-3.5. I'm a bit torn on this one. It's essentially a Dickensian version of 'M', but its class themes are complicated. Oliver arguably may have only been saved by divine right to family wealth, even though an impoverished woman's murder initially triggers the mob. Perhaps commendable or condemnable on the way it detaches morality from class. Great lighting, though, specially on Sikes' breakdown.
"What right have you to butcher me?" - Fagin. Doesn't matter how well you know this story, this film fills with nerves, heart in mouth. Looking forward to seeing your favourite characters, that you know are coming up next. Perfectly played by every single cast member from the poor house boys, old hags, street sellers, Fagin's boys, courtroom, Mr Bumble, and his belly. Music, scenery. Magic. Classic.
Visually spell-binding and equally engaging. This is a superbly crafted film with a rich world. A feast of characters with delicious performances. Mildly avant-garde at points and nearly perfect editing throughout. "Please sir, may I have some more?" --couldn't help myself...
Taut, tight and telling adaptation with a far from picaresque view of Victorian London. Beautifully balanced in almost every facet, this is lean Lean converting an essentially written truth into one of great visual beauty. One of the highest points of British cinema.