Film Adaptations/Great Expectations


One of my other favourite things to do apart from reading is watching films especially film adaptations from books, so starting today I will share my views of some film adaptations of books I have read in the past or recently read. It is  a ritual (kind of )for me to watch film adaptations after reading a book especially classics. Today, I tackle (a short take) Great Expectation which I read in 2013 (I think that was the year) and I am crazy ever since for the story!

So let us dive into it:

1946 version

Great Expectations 1946 Film Adaptations

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It feels like a summary of the story, not divulging certain details of the book which in my opinion is important. For example, nothing of Pip helping Herbert Pock, Pock’s business and even his fiancé and avoiding the suspicious death of Mrs. Joe. What the 1946 version did excellent  is  the portrayal of  young Estelle growing in grace as a cruel child especially to boy Pip.


1999 version

Great Expectation Film Adaptations

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Although I found the beginning a down version of the book, the film stretches to most of the scenes of the story. It is more of a comprehensive look as oppose to 1946 or 2012 versions. Estelle was more brilliant as a child than a young adult. They made her look more sincere, trying to instill that sympathy look for Pip.


2012 version

Great Expectations 2012 Film Adaptations

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My favourite version of the three. Although it focuses and tells the story as Pip, the main focus, I found this version much more engaging. The casting is great, everyone played a great role from Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham to Holliday Grainger as adult Estella. Adult Estella nailed the role quite well. What appealed to me most about this version is the use of sound and colour/shading to create dynamic scene.

What version  of Great Expectations have you seen? Do you have any favourite film adaptation or a favourite role? Let me know in the comment section below.


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