More Like “Hilarious Expectations”

Hi everyone! I have a really interesting story to share with you…

My sister and I are homeschooled. For our English class a few months ago, we had to read and analyze the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Let me tell you, it was a pretty tough book to get through. About a month after we had started the book, our mom found an animated movie version of the story on YouTube. We decided to see if we could find it in our local library, so that we could watch it.

Our library did have the movie, and we decided to check it out. Not knowing what to expect, we popped the DVD into the player one afternoon, and sat down to watch Great Expectations.

Let me just tell you, it was pathetic and horrible. Here are the reasons why:

1. The animation was really bad.
Maybe it was because the movie was produced in 1983. Maybe it was because it was done in Australia. Whatever the reason, the animation was simply awful, and looked crudely drawn.

2. The sound was practically inaudible.
Yeah, that’s right, you heard correctly. The opening scene of this film takes place in a graveyard on a stormy day. With all the whistling of the wind, all you were able to hear from the characters was a bunch of mumbling. I’m serious!! The sound quality didn’t get much better in the following scenes that took place inside, away from the wind. And to make matters worse, the DVD didn’t have subtitles for some strange reason. Since we had read the book and knew what happened, we were able to follow the story pretty well, but if you were to watch this movie without reading the book beforehand, you would probably have a tough time making sense of what was happening.

By the end of the first scene, I was bent over laughing hysterically about the horrible quality of this movie.

Needless to say, my mom, sister, and I all hated this incarnation of Great Expectations (my dad didn’t watch it because he had never read the book). Though the quality of the film did give us a laugh, in all seriousness, if you are looking for the best version of the film, this is definitely not it.

Below is Part 1 of this film…watch and you’ll see what I mean about it being pathetic. 🙂


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