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).
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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