Mr. Pip

2014

Mr. Pip (2014)

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Based on the best-selling novel, Mr. Pip is a film by Andrew Adamson (Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek) and stars Hugh Laurie ("House M.D.", Monsters Vs. Aliens) as Mr. Watts, the last Englishman remaining in a tropical village in Bougainville during its civil war in the 1990s. He begins to teach the local children by reading them Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. Matilda, an imaginative young girl (played by newcomer Xzannjah), is transported into the story of the novel, believing that Dickens' character Pip is her friend. Matilda's "Pip" world is an extraordinary fusion of Dickens' Victorian London with the environment and people she knows on the island. This wildly imaginative hybrid place is set alongside the film's unflinching portrayal of the horrors of war. Matilda's passion for storytelling brings terror to the village when Pip's identity is misunderstood by the invading army. Ultimately, her courage and imagination must sustain her if she is to survive. (C) Freestyle

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It's a weak-tea imitation at best.

Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

Nov 3, 2014 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

Sep 12, 2012 | Full Review…

Know what you're in for, because what you're in for is difficult.

Sep 11, 2012 | Full Review…
NPR
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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.

Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…

... has difficulty finding cohesion among its divergent elements.

Dec 31, 2014 | Full Review…

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