Monday, June 08, 2015

Dvd/150: GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Brian Kirk, 2011, tv)

An excellent BBC adaptation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Charles Dickens' tale of advancement and misjudgement.

Orphaned Pip lives a deprived life on the Kent marshes but two encounters change his life: with escaped convict Magwich who Pip shows kindness to, and then being invited into the neglected home of Miss Havisham to play with her adopted daughter Estella, who has been raised to be haughty and unloving.  Despite this, Pip is besotted with her.

Seven years later Pip is informed by the lawyer Jaggers that he has a benefactor who will pay for Pip to live in London as a gentleman.  Pip relishes his new life but discovers the past has ways of reclaiming him.

Sarah Phelps' adaptation highlights the unhappy lives of the women in the story and the strong performances include Douglas Booth, Vanessa Kirby, David Suchet, Paul Ritter, Harry Lloyd, Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson's ethereal Miss Haversham.

Shelf or charity shop?  I have great expectations that this will stay on the shelf!

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