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Great Expectations Review

Howdy people and welcome to another review, today’s film was one I heard a fair deal about online but wasn’t really interested in until I found myself at the cinema needing something to watch in my spare time. So I went into Great Expectations with no expectations and no knowledge of what I was in for and in the end the film ended up being very nice, but not mind-blowing.

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The premise for the film involves a humble orphan named Pip who suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. The film has a very interesting story to tell, not only with its central story about Pip, but also the people around him. The people he meets along his journey from childhood all have interlocking storylines and it’s surprising to see the way in which they come together and cross over. Most of the characters have relevance to the plot and it was nice to watch. I thought that film’s themes of love, betrayal, happiness and despair was displayed very well and I also loved the dialogue, it was well-written and made for some great monologues. There were moments where the film did slow down and its focus on certain areas of Pip’s gentlemen lifestyle was a little boring to watch, I was only mainly interested in the story surrounding Pip and Estella, and thankfully that key element works well.

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Now let’s talk about the characters of the film starting with Jeremy Irvine as Pip. I thought he was pretty good; I liked how he portrayed the change in his personality from being a poor man to being a gentlemen. He handled the role well, though there were moments where I found his character really annoying and whiny because of his actions after becoming gentlemen. Holliday Grainger as Estella was great and I love how she came across as this beautiful woman who devoid any emotion because of the way in which she was brought up. There was a lot of mystery behind her character and it was interesting to see her want to return Pip’s feelings of love, but couldn’t. I have to say that I really liked Pip and Estella more as kids than their adult years if only because of their budding relationship and lack of complexity when compared to their adult counterparts, thankfully Toby Irvine and Helena Barlow do well as the young version of Pip and Estella.

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And there’s Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, I thought she was lovely as this strange, older woman left in seclusion who interacts with Pip and Estella. I thought Bonham Carter’s performance was intriguing, engaging and at times quite humorous too. It was interesting to learn of her back story and how it made her who she is and how that in turn effected how she brought up Estella. Ralph Fiennes as usual turns a great performance as Magwitch. His character had one of the best introductions to a film I’ve seen for a while and I liked how his character linked into the plot and how he was connected to Pip. Fiennes accent in this film was probably one of the most interesting ones I’ve heard him use, and while this wasn’t my favourite film I’ve seen him in I still enjoyed his performance. Also Robbie Coltrane was pretty good as Mr. Jaggers, I found him to be mysterious and partially untrustworthy even when he was helping Pip with his gentlemen lifestyle, Coltrane played the role well and I liked his role in the film.

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The presentation of Great Expectations was pretty nice, I liked the camera shots used and the use of colour looked washed out, mundane and dark look to it which made the film feel eerie and mysterious. Also the soundtrack was decent too, nothing too memorable but worked in key scenes between the main characters. Now in the reviews that I read there’s been a number of comparisons between this film and the BBC TV serial that came out last year. Most critics say that the TV version is superior to this film; even my sister said that she’d seen the TV version and loved it. Since coming to uni I don’t really watch TV because I don’t have one, so I can’t compare the two versions of Great Expectations, however I can see that this film is missing that special dramatic element that would have elevated it to a magical level.

In conclusion Great Expectations was a great film with solid performances, a strong story and wonderfully powerful themes throughout. The film really shows how powerful love is, how it corrupts people and how far some will go for the people they care for. Unfortunately it didn’t reach that heartfelt level I had hoped it would, Silver Linings Playbook touched my heart and I had hoped that this film would do the same, but it was held back by a slow story, a little bit of annoying moments and missing that “special” element. Though I still think this is worth a watch.

Rating: 7.5/10

That’s another review sorted, leave me some comments about the film in the box below and I’ll see ya on the next review. πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Where’s the reviews?

Hello to all my subscribers and the many people of the internet reading this blog post. Now as some of you may be aware on this blog in addition to post personal things, I review a lot of films too along with video games and TV shows. However recently there has been a decline in the amount of reviews that I have done recently. So some of you may be asking, “Where the reviews at?” Well allow me to explain.

Basically it’s down to life. Recently university has thrown a lot of work and deadlines at me and obviously that does take some priority over my blog, but also in addition to my uni work increasing, there’s also my job and money situations to take care of too. In truth my money situation though it’s not as bad as it was last month, but it’s still not completely sorted so I’ve missed out on going to the cinema because of that. And also with my jobs at the agency I work for, that’s taken some of my time away too. I’ve also been working on my YouTube channel and Facebook page for my video reviews too, so there’s that.

The last time I was at the cinema was around two weeks ago when I saw Skyfall again and finally got around to watching Frankenweenie too. I have been meaning to get back and watch a hell of a lot of films, but uni, work and other outside occurrences have kept me away from my place of leisure. However I am here to say worry no more, new reviews are on the horizon. Below are a just a few films I plan to see over the next few days:

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I will attempt to watch all of these films in the next week or so.

In addition to my film reviews I plan to finally get back to my TV reviews and finally get around to watching and reviewing Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Along with that I also plan on finally reviewing two video games from this year that I’ve had for a while and they are Sonic 4: Episode 2 and Sonic Adventure 2 HD.

After December 21st I’ll be free to come and go from the cinema as I please so that’ll increase my review output by quite a bit. So look forward to my madness as it emerges. πŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Films, Media, Television, Video Games

 

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