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Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert De Niro star in director Alfonso Cuarón's inventive updating of Dickens' masterpiece to contemporary Florida and New York.
An inventive updating of Dickens' timeless masterpiece to contemporary Florida and New York. Finn/Pip (Ethan Hawke) becomes a successful artist, unaware that his patronage comes not from crazed Miss Dinsmoor/Havisham (Anne Bancroft) but escaped convict Lustig/Magwitch (Robert De Niro). This imaginative modernization focuses on class division, with the upwardly mobile Finn pursuing an impossible love for the snobby Estella (Gwyneth Paltrow) while turning his back on faithful working man Joe (Chris Cooper). "Cuarón's version is hugely different from the David Lean classic, displaying all the wit, vitality and unpretentious assurance the Mexican brought to his delightful A Little Princess. . . . Stylish, sexy, involving, and great fun" (Time Out).