Great Expectations (2011) BBC TV Series

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I saw the American film version a while back, and loosely remembered the story, where an old woman’s time stopped when her financé left her at the altar. That woman was Anne Bancroft (Ms. Dinsmoor), and her trainee of detachment was Gwyneth Paltrow(Estella) and Ethan Hawke(Finnegan Bell) is her first love and vice versa…I ought to watch this film again to make a comparison, now that I have a standard to line it up against.

What is better than telling a story with appropriate customs, locations, and accents. If you haven’t read, like me, you should know about this classic of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations despite. The story is about knowing who one is? rights from wrongs; friendship arises out of adversity; money gets you to the lifestyle, but   does not accent you the social status you seek, and so forth.

It took me a while to recognize that Dr. Dana Scully or Agent Scully of the X-Files fame plays the white-face Miss HavishamVanessa Kirby is Estella, and Douglas Booth is Pip.

Not a big fan of period pieces, especially Victorian’s, but right from the beginning the characters just draw you in, like the kind-hearted Joe Gargery(Shaun Dooley), the white-face melancholy Miss Havisham, the obedient young Pip…

Great drama that we shall watch! shan’t we?



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