Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Critic Consensus: Thanks to a strong cast of experienced actors and director Douglas McGrath's steady hand, Nicholas Nickleby is a worthy and respectful adaptation of the Dickens novel.
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Critic Reviews for Nicholas Nickleby
There's a bevy of hiss-worthy baddies to pick up the dramatic slack, beginning with Plummer's wonderfully nefarious Uncle Ralph.
The film is enriched by an imaginatively mixed cast of antic spirits, headed by Christopher Plummer as the subtlest and most complexly evil Uncle Ralph I've ever seen in the many film and stage adaptations of the work.
A beguiling evocation of the quality that keeps Dickens evergreen: the exuberant openness with which he expresses our most basic emotions.
A terrific adaptation with a delightful cast and a speedy pace that defies belief, considering its lengthy source.
With Dickens' words and writer-director Douglas McGrath's even-toned direction, a ripping good yarn is told.
Audience Reviews for Nicholas Nickleby
Nicholas Nickelby was a film I was looking forward to watching since it has Charlie Hunnam in it (such a hottie). I love him in Sons of Anarchy. I haven't seen him in many movies though. I really loved him and Jamie Bell's performances. Their characters were the only interesting ones of the bunch. I think everyone did an amazing job in their parts. Well, besides Anne Hathaway. She was forgettable. To prove that point, I almost forgot she was in it until I saw her picture reminding me she was indeed part of the cast. The story really isn't what I was expecting. I'm not sure why I thought this was going to be a fun and silly period film. I ended up with quite the opposite of that. I didn't mind though. I did have a few laughs. It was all in the most inappropriate moments, which happens a lot. I got some annoyed glances but I can't help I'm a bit awkward with emotional crap, oh well. Smike's story is really sad and I think Bell did such a great job in the roll. The Squeers are awful people. I wanted to go through the screen and beat Mrs. Squeer with that spoon. The movie was a bit too long for my liking. I think it could have done without some scenes. Probably not something I would watch again, but not something I regret seeing.
Charlie Hunnam shows great skills portraying Nicholas Nickleby. Having seen him in other roles with very diverse characters, this young man will be around the acting game as long as he wants. The story is somewhat predicable but adding Jamie Belle, Christopher Plummer, and Anne Hathaway in the mix and the story becomes a grand performance.
A movie where honor wins. So seldom do you hear about integrity in today's world, and this was a movie about being true to yourself, believing in your values and the balance of cruelty and kindness. Great performances by all. Nicely done!