|Michael A. Maynez|
This is the reel thing on film and the exciting characters of David Lean’s 1946 movie are of course completely lost here. After all Alfonso Cuaron’s adaptation this time around is just that, an adaptation of a great Charles Dickens novel. Ethan Hawke’s Pip, now Finn for this movie, and it is worth requoting, ”Finn is a totally vacuous kid who only wants to score with. a totally vacuous woman, and that ‘s a weird story in itself”.
Well you couldn’t find two more vacuous people than Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. They have about as much chemistry on the screen even with all the nudity, that they can not even strike a small flame in the heart of the audience. No matter how hard they try they still come off wooden and stiff. Certainly they are surrounded by the talented Robert DeNiro, though I must confess that his cameo role time is getting burdensome, almost as much so as Samuel L. Jackson. Either get a good lead or rest from the screen for a couple of flicks.
Anne Bankcroft, as the jilted bride frozen in time, use to be Miss Havisham,
now Dinsmoor. Mitch Glazer created this modern day script with narration
attributed to David Mamet. An incredible saving grace is the fact
that Emmanuel Lubezski cinematography is rich like in “Like Water For
Chocolate”. Twentieth Century Fox withdrew this from the December
high stakes for Academy Award consideration, they shouldn’t have, the expectations
floundered. Miss Paltrow promised too much icing and not enough cake.
20th Century Fox
Produced by: Art Linson
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
With: Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft, Hank Azaria, Raquel Beaudene, Jeremy Kissner, Chris Cooper, Chuck Dowling, Kim Dickens
Written by: Mitch Glazer
Director of photography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Release: 30 Jan 1998