Confession time: I don’t particularly care for Charles Dickens.
As a former English major, I know that is close to sacrilege for some, but I find the man just too darned wordy. I could barely make it through A Tale of Two Cities – my mother had to read the last 100 pages aloud to me when I was in seventh grade.
Which of course means that my only touch points for Great Expectations are the Gwyneth Paltrow/Ethan Hawke movie from 1998 and the South Park episode about Pip.
However, this version with the boy who was in love with a horse in War Horse, Lucretia Borgia, Bellatrix Lestrange, and the Dark Lord himself looks pretty good if not a bit over the top in a delightful way.
With this and the new film adaptation of Anna Karenina coming out later this year, perhaps the Oscars will have a decidedly literary bent…?