Is it fair to say that an actress as talented as Helena Bonham-Carter was born to play a role? Because I want to say that she was born to play Miss Havisham.
Miss Havisham, as you probably learned in high school or college, is the elderly jilted bride in Charles Dickens'
The trailer for director Mike Newell's new film version of "Great Expectations" shows she's pretty much nailed it, of course. But I'm not sure the rest of the movie measures up.
The story is about the romance between Pip, a poor boy, and Estella, the upper-class adopted daughter of Miss Havisham. There are several plot twists, the main one being that Pip becomes rich thanks to an anonymous benefactor. He tries to groom himself as a gentleman for the lovely Estella, who has been brought up to be exquisitely cruel.
Can Jeremy Irvine bring Pip to life? Has Holliday Grainger's role in "The Borgias" prepped her for Victorian-era nastiness? Does the soundtrack try a little too hard? Does the trailer give away a little too much? Watch and decide.