In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 67th review of the 89 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Feb 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A young orphaned boy comes across a fugitive from the law and this encounters changes his life and his view on the world.
My Take on it – I’ve never been a fan of Charles Dickens’ writing, but have always enjoyed the films and play adaptations of his work.
I’d never heard the premise of this film beforehand, but I knew that the story is suppose to be a classic.
Director David Lean does a wonderful job taking this long, complex and very detailed novel and creates a succinct and understandable story that is quite interesting to watch.
The story is great because it shows how much our lives can be affected by things that happen without us even realizing it.
This was the first collaboration between Lean and two of his famous leading men – John Mills and Alec Guinness. They are both great here and would continue to work with ;lean for many years to come.
Both of them would eventually manage to garner Academy Awards for their future work with Lean.
I enjoyed how this film played out and I really liked the way that there are numerous plot points that seem easy to figure out, but the twists and turns along the way make you realize that not everything in life is truly as it may seem.
Bottom Line – Great story about how life can be affected by so many factors that we may never even be aware of. Lean does a great job presenting Dicken’s long and detailed novel in a succinct and understandable way. Mills and Guinness are both great here especially since this was the first time that both of them worked with Lean and would continue to work with him for years to come even managing to secure both of these men Oscars for their later work with him. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – David Lean was not a particularly well-read man, and only became aware of the power of Charles Dickens’ story when his wife Kay Walsh dragged him along to a theatrical production of “Great Expectations” in 1939. Incidentally, playing Herbert Pocket in this production, was a young Alec Guinness, whom Lean subsequently cast in the same role in the film version. Aside from bit parts, it was Guinness’ first major screen role and was also the first of six films he made with Lean. Martita Hunt was also in the stage production, playing Miss Havisham, a role she reprised in the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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