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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Helena Bonham Carter
Jeremy Irvine
Ralph Fiennes
Sally Hawkins
Jason Flemyng
Robbie Coltrane
Ewen Bremner
Holliday Grainger
David Walliams
Directors
Mike Newell
Screenwriters
David Nicholls
Running Time
129 minutes

Great Expectations
Pipped to the post


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Plot
Here we go again: the umpteenth adaptation of Dickens’ beloved classic doesn’t play any postmodern games with the tale of Pip (Irvine), the ambitious orphan who climbs the class ladder in pursuit of the hard-hearted Estella (Grainger).


Verdict
It’s handsome, involving and stars the cream of British acting talent — but so did Lean’s unbeatable version, and Newell and Nicholls’ safe, schoolteacher-friendly interpretation makes no real case for going down this much-travelled road once more.


Reviewed by Guy Lodge

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