Great Expectations (1999)
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Well of course I had to see a classic but it's still so disappointing. My theory is that classical writers in the time of Dickens watched and experienced so much pain and misery that it's all they could write about. God forbid any of these stories have happy endings because there were hardly ever any happy endings in the real lives of that era. That said I really wanted these two to find happiness and I loved seeing Ioan and Justine together.
This version of Great Expectations, from the usually reliable Masterpiece Theatre, is not a very good adaptation of the novel. The unfolding of the plot is truncated and, therefore, hard to follow. The acting from the principal characters, however, is pretty good. Ioan Gruffudd (from the Horatio Hornblower series) plays a fine Pip, and Charlotte Rampling is effective as the stilted Miss Havisham. My favorite choice, however, is Justine Waddell as the icily beautiful Estella.
Okay, nobody else was how I pictured the characters when I first read the novel, but wow! That Ioan Gruffudd captured a character who, in my opinion, is one of the most devoted and romantic figures in literature.
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