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Great expectations - Alfonso Cuarón,

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

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Let desire be your destiny.

In a loose update of Dickens' classic novel, a humble young fisherman turned artist moves from Florida to New York city for his first big gallery opening.

After getting his heart broken by an unattainable rich girl from back home, he learns that his recent career success was bankrolled by an escaped convict he helped years ago.

Persons of interest

  • Ethan Hawke .... Finnegan "Finn" Bell
  • Gwyneth Paltrow .... Estella
  • Hank Azaria .... Walter Plane
  • Chris Cooper .... Uncle Joe
  • Anne Bancroft .... Ms Nora Dinsmoor
  • Robert De Niro .... Arthur Lustig
  • Josh Mostel .... Jerry Ragno
  • Kim Dickens .... Maggie Bell
  • Nell Campbell .... Erica Thrall
  • Gabriel Mann .... Owen
  • Jeremy James Kissner .... Finnegan Bell at Age 10
  • Raquel Beaudene .... Estella at Age 10
  • Stephen Spinella .... Carter Macleish
  • Marla Sucharetza .... Ruth Shepard
  • Isabelle Anderson .... Lois Pope
  • Drena De Niro .... Marcy
  • Lance Reddick .... Anton Le Farge
  • Craig Braun .... Mr Barrow
  • Kim Snyder .... Mrs Barrow
  • Charles Dickens .... Author
  • Mitch Glazer .... Screenwriter
  • Alfonso Cuarón .... Director

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Not Great expectations but I wouldn't really know, not having read the book. I did see an interesting tale that is obviously based on something larger than itself, replete with 90s lifestyle and Dickensian grist.

There's pain, there's love, there's devotion, there's betrayal. Classic stuff. The script is a bit loose but the story still manages to get told. There are some wonderful production values, some great camera work (hoorah for digital animation!) but these are carefully balanced by the shocking continuity work (I have yet to witness the sun rise and set at the same time of the day).

The performances of the cast, both famous and unknown, are great. Anne's insane matron, flipping between peace and derision, hatred and betrayal, beneficence and pain, is wild. Gwyneth nails her character to the wall; Ethan rolls through his various stages of age and innocence with ease; Robert is Robert; the supporting cast go right up to the line of stealing the show. The paintings and drawings by Italian painter Francesco Clemente are outstanding.

All in all, this is an interesting flick that will provide an entertaining evening's viewing, so see it.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, sexual references, low level violence)

Surveillance time

111 mintues (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 19 April 2000
DVD rental: 16 January 2002

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