Expectations is the story of a young boy who has good luck and great
expectations, but then loses both. Yet he still learns how to find happiness
and comes to understand the meaning of friendship and love. His journey
is the lure of the story, as viewers follow his progress and learn as
he learns. Charles Dickens introduces dramatic psychological changes
within the main characters, which gives the story depth and humanity.
The film is full of many adventures, twists of fate, and dark secrets
throughout the story. It is a journey worth taking for both educational
and entertainment purposes.
was the first of David Lean's two adaptations of Dickens classics (Oliver
Twist followed in 1948). Lean realised the cinematic potential of the
novel more skillfully than his predecessors and most of those that followed
him. The result is one of the finest British literary adaptations, and
one of the most acclaimed of all British films.
Mills, at 38 surprisingly old for the role, is excellent as Pip, although
Martita Hunt steals the early scenes, playing Miss Havisham as an imposing
if shabby figure, bedecked in crumbling lace and linen. Francis L. Sullivan
as Jaggers gives a similarly powerful performance: his voice rolls and
booms, and physically he towers over his servile assistant Wemmick (Ivor
the film is as much about atmosphere as it is about people. Classic
scenes include the opening shots of the marshes and the graveyard, which
sets the tone for the rest of the picture, and the inside of Miss Havershamís
decrepit old house. Who can forget that dark, antique dinning room with
its long table and wedding cake, all covered in dust and cobwebs? Leanís
use of light and shade has been imitated a hundred times from these
two scenes alone. Then there are Leanís recreations of early eighteenth-century
London, from its stately buildings and grand facades to its narrow,
eerily lit passageways. They build in the mind images not soon forgotten.