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Great Expectations (1998) (1998)

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A movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón

The key ingredient in this modern-day version of Charles Dickens's classic is director Alfonso Cuarón, who made the glowing, estimableA Little Princess. If you saw that (and you should), understand thatExpectationshas those ingredients (great … see full wiki

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Director: Alfonso Cuarón
1 review about Great Expectations (1998) (1998)

Captivated by your past

  • Feb 13, 2007
Many tales are written about what a man will do to pay back a debt, or to get the girl, but rarely has both been interwoven together as nicely as in here. Based in the Florida Gulf Coast and Manhattan, NY; this movie is a series of stories embedded one within the other, each one about a relationship involving the protagonist, Finn. The first relationship is already set before the movie begins, and that is his relationship with his older brother-in-law who takes care of him when his parents die. The second relationship begins the movie as we see Finn's infatuation with drawing, specifically drawing birds and fish while wading through a tide pool. Soon after comes the story of his relationship with Arthur, an escaped convict who at first threatens him, but then befriends him. Fourth is his infatuation with and obsession over Estella, a beautiful girl with a heart of ice. Fifth and last is his unofficial apprenticeship under Nora Dinsmoor, an eccentric old lady with money to spend and the time and privacy to indulge her dreams and nightmares. Together, these five relationships would determine his life and control his every thought and action. But they are not inclusive and to satisfy his relationship with one, he must give up another. He does this, only to regret it later on. This then is the moral of this story, one cannot have everything in life, regardless of how hard you try. All in all, this movie is great, and I preferred it to the book. The dialogue is very good, and the scenes between Estella and Finn should remind many a man of his first love. Overall, I highly recommend it.

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