Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Trailer for Great Expectations 2012!

The news is spreading quickly, the first trailer for the new big screen film adaptation of Charles Dickens Great Expectations is out now! Thanks to Lauren from Musing of a Flower Child for posting this news!

Spoiler Alert! If you don't know the story this trailer shows off quite a bit of the story line revealing some of the "secrets" toward the end that are usually considered part of the whole mystery.

The cast include:
Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham
Jeremy Irvine as Pip
Holliday Grainger as Estella (with red hair??? and she looks older somehow)
Ralph Fiennes as Abel Magwitch
Robbie Coltrane as Mr. Jaggers (who seems to be rather round and jolly looking, very odd)
Jason Flemyng as Joe Gargery
Ben Lloyd Hughes as Bentley Drummel (shown dancing with Estella)
Olly Alexander as Herbert Pocket

Also not shown in trailer:
Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Joe
Jessie Cave as Biddy (her character was left out of BBC Great Expectations 2011)
Ewen Bremner as Wemmick
David Walliams as Uncle Pumblechook

My First Reactions: The costumes look rather dark and echo more of the edgy Regency styles used in Vanity Fair (2004) with the high collars and hairstyles that stand fiercely coiffed (Estella with the braid over her forehead looking a bit like Mrs. Merdle in Little Dorrit!). The scenery is quite dark, dirty and often cluttered but it is rather Dickensian looking. Hopefully the music in the trailer is not part of the soundtrack, it's a bit over the top really. Looks like they'll be using more of the facts from the book and more dialog from the book (though it seems watered down a bit). It looks interesting but not sure fans will be altogether pleased with it.

Release date is set for November 30, 2012 in the UK and Ireland. December in Germany. I can't find any word yet about when it might be released in the USA.

I do really like this last quite from the trailer even though it seems to be a paraphrase from the book:
"You're in every thought. You're part of my existence. You're part of me." - Pip from movie

Have you read the book? 
What are your thoughts on the trailer? 
Do you like the look of the costumes and scenery?


Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

I've never read the book, but I saw the 1999 and 2011 adaptations. I wasn't too fond of either version, but I may give this movie a try.

Yeah, I never really pictured Estella with red hair. She does look older than she should. The actress was only born in 1988, but she looks like she's in her late 20s/early 30s as Estella.

I like the way this Pip looks better than Douglas Booth. And Biddy returns! I was surprised they left her out of the 2011 version.

I'm wondering if the film makers were trying to go for a 1820s/1830s feel with the hairstyles, but didn't quite leave the Regency era with the dresses (you can only get away with the empire waist of the Regency Era for so long into the 1820s). With Helena Bonham Carter's Mrs. Havisham, her dress looks very 1700s, which would mean she would be an older Miss Havisham than Gillian Anderson's; she would have to be at least 55 while Gillian Anderson's could be in her 40s or early 50s (give or take). Nevertheless, Helena Bonham Carter looks like she'd be a good Miss Havisham.

Ella said...

I am so excited for it! I've already watced the trailer four or five times:)

AJ said...

I agree completely with all that Miss Elizabeth Bennett said....ditto! :)

Jessica said...

Wow, another one so soon? Haha The trailer didn't work. :-(

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