• Tue, Aug 14 2012

Great Expectations Trailer Showdown

Look, I’d go see Great Expectations if it was being performed in Aramaic by sock puppets, that’s how much I love it. But, that said, I am a pretty big fan of Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 adaptation, starring Ethan Hawke and a big eyed Gwyneth Paltrow kissing in the rain and dancing and Anne Bancroft. Especially Anne Bancroft. Anne Bancroft is her own thing, like dancing in the rain. I also think that Great Expectations is, curiously, one of Dicken’s more modern, accessible novels, so it was a really good one to update. Though I think Great Expectations would make a great sic-fi adaptation with a clone army, but that is beside the point.

That said, I love, love, love Helena Bonham Carter so I’m excited to see how she’ll do in the upcoming version. Really, I think she’s the kind of person who was born to play Miss Havisham. And while the upcoming version is set in the past that means it will have historical costumes. I’m going to show the trailers for both. You tell me which version looks better. This is all on you, now:

Okay, that was the old version set in the new times. This is the new version set in the old times:

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  • Sean

    I love the scene Ethan Hawke’s Pip puts Miss Havisham’s hand on his chest and tells her that’s his heart she’s feeling, and it’s broken. Sure it’s not canon, but I JUST DON’T CARE.

    Wait, you love Great Expectations and Gatsby…both stories of a boy building his entire life around the unrequited love of a girl…sounds like a theme.

    • Jennifer Wright

      Best scene! Oh, God, best scene! Actually, the scene where Miss Havisham dances might be the best scene.

      As for your other point: I genuinely never noticed this as until this moment. And I think it’s really going to help me refine my book search. (I will be using “pining men in old timey costumes” as my keyword).

  • Lizzie

    I think the trailer for the new one is badly made. It’s so hard to judge movies based on their trailers.
    I wish they would adapt a Dickens novel other than David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations. I guess Our Mutual Friend is too complicated for a movie, but that one’s my favorite.

    • aerith

      The BBC made a pretty damned good adaptation of Bleak House a couple years back, around 2007 or so.

      I think the problem with a lot of Dickens’ books is that they’re just too *long* to make into feature films that would make any sort of sense. Sort of like The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas–the last movie version I saw of that cut out so much of the book that it made no sense. I had to turn the TV off eventually because of how badly they mangled the story in order to make everything fit into 2.5 hours.

    • aerith

      The BBC made a pretty damned good adaptation of Bleak House a couple years back, around 2007 or so.

      I think the problem with a lot of Dickens’ books is that they’re just too *long* to make into feature films that would make any sort of sense. Sort of like The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas–the last movie version I saw of that cut out so much of the book that it made no sense. I had to turn the TV off eventually because of how badly they mangled the story in order to make everything fit into 2.5 hours.