Great Expectations

This post was published more than a few years ago (on 2004-02-20) and may contain inaccurate technical information, outmoded thoughts, or cringe takes. Proceed at your own risk.

Great ExpectationsI haven't read the book, but my wife tells me that the first two acts of this film (the ones I call "maddeningly intriguing") are the closest to the source. It all comes together in the end, but the re-emergence of Finn's benefactor took the film on a seemingly unnecessary action-adventure bent.

That said, most of the film is still maddeningly intriguing, and in a good way. I love the way an enormously long shot in the middle of the film (even though it's actually composed of four shots in a nearly seamless blend) draws you into Finn's blind panic. Good show!

4 stars.