UK Trailer For Great Expectations Shows Love Is Pain

By Kristy Puchko 2012-09-17 09:58:25discussion comments
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This fall and winter will offer a flood of flashy adaptations of classic novels. First, Andrea Arnold delivers a new take on Emily Brontė's Wuthering Heights; next Joe Wright will debut his buzzed-about interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Then Tom Hooper will likely steamroll all other potential Oscar nominees with his star-stuffed production of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Yet to be determined is when Mike Newell will unveil his adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations in the States. The period piece drew praise at its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, but does not yet have a release date Stateside.

The love-soaked saga centers on a poor young orphan called Pip whose life is changed forever when people of means take notice of him. Miss Havisham, a twisted old maid obsessed with her own heartbreak, calls upon the boy to be the playmate/plaything of her devoted daughter Estella, a chilly little girl who steals Pip's heart but refuses to offer hers in return. Yet Pip believes their love story will have a happy ending, and is spurred on when an anonymous donor pays his way through finishing school, making him a proper gentleman.

War Horse's Jeremy Irvine plays the grown Pip. Holliday Grainger of The Borgias tackles the role of his cold-hearted love Estella, while Helena Bonham Carter steps out of the world of wizards and Tim Burton to play Miss Havisham. But the grand cast also includes such luminaries as Sally Hawkins, Jason Flemyng, Ralph Fiennes, and Robbie Coltrane, all of whom can be spotted below in the latest UK trailer courtesy of Empire:



The score is lovely, the art design alluring, and the promise of its performances intoxicating, and yet this trailer makes me wonder how many times Helena Bonham Carter has died in a fire in a movie. By my count, it's three: this, Sweeney Todd, and Frankenstein. Still, that's two twisted adaptations that were weirdly engrossing, so game on Great Expectations.
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