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Will Great Expectations live up to Expectations?

Dear Irish friends
Here in the U.S. we're not expecting Great Expectations, the millionth screen adaptation based on Dicken's classic novel,  until sometime in 2013 - hopefully early - but for in Ireland today is opening day. Will your Irish eyes be smiling at director Mike Newell's screen adaptation? It depends on what review you read!



The Irish Examiner is less than enthusiastic with this headline
"Newell 's 'Great Expectations' not as impressive as previous adaptations"

On the other hand, the Hollywood Reporter, based on seeing the film at the Toronto Film Festival is more postive. 

"Vivid characterizations from Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter are the highlights of Mike Newell's traditional retelling of the classic Dickens novel."
Oh dear, oh dear! What to do? I know ... see the movie for yourself and let me know what you think.  Surely you can't ignore a chance to Bonham-Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine all on the same screen. I know that the PBS version had its fans but I'm looking forward to seeing Bonham-Carter's younger but decaying Miss Havisham and Fiennes as Magwich.

If you see it please do let me know what you think of the film.

Happy Viewing!
Sim