Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Have Great Expectations about Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham?



I put Great Expectations on the back burner last year after the film debuted at TIFF 2012, opened in the UK at year's end and then nada here on the western front. Guess what, the film is FINALLY set to open here October 11th.  Here's a good review in The Guardian, (read it but come back) which I posted last year just before the film came out in Ireland on November 30.

Directed by Mike Newell (Atonement) Great Expectation stars Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, and Jeremy Irvine as Pip.



Of course the expectations about HBC are the ones that taunt us.
I've been wary about Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham ever since I saw the first pictures of her in full bridal regalia. I just didn't feel she was decrepit enough. Certainly not dusty enough of a brittle antique in comparison to the spinster of  Dicken's novel. Although, by my calculations Havisham was probably somewhere in her late 40's/early 50's anyway so HBC isn't really too young. Except that while "50 is the new 30" nowadays, back then it was "50 is the new 80"! So shouldn't Miss Havisham have a little more of that old lace look about her? Not just her clothing, all that's fine.. more than fine, actually. Costume designer Beatrix Pasztor really excells!  But shouldn't HBC have the lacy age lines and that faded powderiness of an older complexion?  Guess I'll have to wait and see when it comes out here. Please, movie gods, don't let it go direct to DVD!*


UPDATED: 8/18/2013  
The movie gods have been kind; the film is set for theatrical release on October 11th, 2013.









While I enjoyed the book (as I've written here), I also found it tedious and tough going at times. I read Bleak House years ago and loved it so it's not the length. I think it's the age. Mine!  Anyway, I am really hoping, in fact I have Great Expectations, that this particular movie will be better than the book. At least for little old me.







 

13 comments:

  1. Those are some great words but I think I'll use agent or representative instead of plenipotentiary.

    My problem with Helena Bonham Carter is every time I look at her, I see Bellatrix LeStrange.

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    1. You may have hit the nail on the head. Although I picture her in Sweeney Todd, that's another slightly barmy 'character'. She does seem to go for those kinds of parts in period pieces.

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  2. Sim, I found you through Bermuda Onions's WWW, and I'm so glad I did. I spent the summer plowing through GE and had no idea a movie was coming out. I agree with you on HBC- I have always pictured an older, angular, dusty Miss Havisham. I too, found the book drudgery at times. But I'm glad I read it. I posted several words on my blog from that book (a lot to choose from), including portmanteau, obsequious, and supercilious.
    Nice to meet you!

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    1. So nice to meet you too Julia! Portmaneau is such a loverly word! But then Great Expectations is filled with them, isn't it? I was very proud of myself for making it through the book and like you, I am so glad I've read it and got it behind me. But I'm very impressed with you. I don't think I could have done it without the film beckoning from the future!

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  3. Like rushlight now I know where night-light came from. Thanks for sharing.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/12/wondrous-words-wednesday_12.html

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  4. I'm so glad I came by today to check your words. I hadn't heard that Great Expectations had been made into a new movie. Yes, it may be a while until it gets to the US, but I will keep watching for it.

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    1. I'm so glad you came by too Margot! Thank you for stopping by. I will be watching and waiting too.

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  5. You mean Jeremy Irvine as Pip. There have been just too many GE adaptations, esp. just in recent years that I'm quite indifferent to it now. I'd really enjoyed Bleak House, the BBC production. After that I read the book too.

    Interesting words you've presented here. Learn something new everyday.

    Also, I just came back from The Hobbit pre-viewing. It was in 3D but not the 48 fps which I was hoping to see. The film is quite good, surprisingly. Kudos to Peter Jackson. He'd done it again.

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  6. Eek - thanks for catching Iron/Irvine typo! My husband and son saw it in 2D, also not at 48fps. They thought the same;that it was very good. I'd say both preferred TLOTR, it sounds like it might be a little slow for fans of TLOTR's brand of excitement. But that's The Hobbit for you.

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  7. Dickens is always such a rich source for new words isn't he? And I just love the names he uses for his characters. I'll be looking forward to this new adaptation too, whenever it finally makes it down under.

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  8. Hope this one won't disappoint. Saw Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman at TIFF, a bit stiff and lacklustre. Saw Jeremy Irvine in The Railway Man. Good performance. Saw Words and Pictures, surprised to discover Juliette Binoche such a good painter. But my fave has to be The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby with Jessica Chastain.

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  9. I'll watch out for this one here too.

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