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Compiled by Ian Bartholomew  /  Staff reporter

Great Expectations

It is a commonplace of the cinema that literary adaptations are dangerous ground, and when the work is a great, and massive, classic, as is Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, the challenge is even greater. Director Mike Newell’s (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) work has a splendid supporting cast, with Helena Bonham Carter amping up the Bellatrix Lestrange-like witchiness as Miss Havisham, Robbie Coltrane terrific as the wily, manipulative Jaggers and a bravura piece from Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. Newell finds himself somewhere between the hyperrealism of Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights and the stagy theatricality of Joe Wright’s recent Anna Karenina, and while it may not please fans of the book, there is plenty to enjoy.

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