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It's a weak-tea imitation at best.
Mr. Pip doesn't start going seriously awry until its second half, when things get more eventful in ways that are compacted from the novel yet seem more disconnected.
Adamson mixes magical realism with hard-hitting historical drama in a way that feels both contrived and questionable, even if the filmmakers clearly have their hearts in the right place.
Know what you're in for, because what you're in for is difficult.
What [director Andrew Adamson] hasn't been able to do is pull off the story's central narrative shock in a way that preserves its unity rather than splitting it right down the middle.
... has difficulty finding cohesion among its divergent elements.
It's ambitious, it's bloody and it's confusing.
It's not a perfect film but it's not often you get one that sings literature's praises so eloquently, and that makes up for a lot.
I found this film hard to embrace. Mr Watts is a strange character who seems to create problems for himself when he doesn't need to.
Based on the novel by Lloyd Jones, the film is a visually lush, surprising, moving story that wears its unusual premise with a deftly blended mixture of lyricism and brutality.
It will eventually find a home in classrooms, much like Great Expectations before it. However, I don't expect it to invigorate or inspire kids as Mr. Dickens' work regularly does.
"..from a story about literature as the door to imagination and inner freedom to the brutality of ignorance and the lack of imagination, from a coming of age story to a character portrait, and a hero's journey
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