Great Expectations (1998)

ALFONSO CUARON

Bil’s rating (out of  5):  BBB

USA, 1998.  Art Linson Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

There’s plenty of beauty but not much else to this modernization of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, about a Floridian youngster whose mother and uncle send him to live as a companion to an old woman (Anne Bancroft) and her niece until they grow up to become Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. Eventually, Hawke becomes a successful artist, hoping to reunite with his lost love and maybe work her back into his life, but not if her creepy old aunt has anything to say about it. The film is really so lovely you won’t be able to tear your eyes away (Emmanuel Lubezki photographs green ever so beautifully), but in the end the whole thing is so emotionally empty that you won’t be affected by it for long. Paltrow does an especially good job with a slim role.

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