Great Expectations (1998)
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Great story and great cast but absolutely terrible execution. It's like they were in a hurry to do it, I'm not sure what it is but there is no heart, no soul in this film. Seems like a poorly done student film. Could have been such a good film though, kind of sad it wasn't.
Alfonso Cuarón's modern-day take on Dickens' Great Expectations uses contemporary mores to make the story a lot steamier than I remember the book being, but the relationship between Finn (what was wrong with Pip? oh okay) and Estella nevertheless left me a little cold. It's not that Gwyneth Paltrow isn't hot, it's that she's been weaponized by her broken-hearted aunt to destroy men, so has an emotional detachment that makes her, well, cold. Anne Bancroft as the crazy aunt is a much better character. Where Pip wanted to become a gentleman, Finn instead enters the art world, one of many well-calculated changes from the book, and the plot about his mysterious patron is well played too, effective in that I plum forgot what the book did there while watching. So yeah, a cool adaptation, but with a 90s gloss that distanced me from the material, not quite as strong as I'd hoped it would be given the director's later work.
The casting was not good enough for such an ambitious adaptation. And I must say that the direction also disappointed me.
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