Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Film Club: Great Expectations

Great Expectations is one of my favorite stories. This modernized version from '98 didn't necessarily receive outstanding reviews. Alfonso Cuarón even stated he has many regrets about the film and that it's one of his least favorites from his repertoire. I loved it for many reasons though. The style. The colors. The art. The soundtrack. Anne Bancroft is excellent as an eccentric Ms. Dinsmoor/Miss Havisham. The romance angle was perhaps a bit overdone and verging on cheesy, I actually felt a bit more emotion when it came to Finn/Pip's relationship with his father figure Joe. Francesco Clemente's artwork used in the film is both striking and odd.

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