There are at least a dozen versions of “Great Expectations” out there, and about three times that many people take “Oliver Twist”. If Dickens were alive today and could collect royalties, he would make Bill Gates look like a street vendor. With all versions and variations haunt parts VHS is decreasing in the rental shop your local, it is best to sometimes go through one set a standard of quality and soul.
What is it with Charles Dickens novel? Film director can not seem to stop putting them into movies. Every Christmas some yahoo invented “A Christmas Carol” (bless you Richard Donner showed a bit unique with Scrooged). There are at least a dozen versions of “Great Expectations” out there, and about three times that many people take “Oliver Twist”. If Dickens were alive today and could collect royalties, he would make Bill Gates look like a street vendor. With all versions and variations haunt parts VHS is decreasing in the rental shop your local, it is best to sometimes go through one set a standard of quality and soul.
Romans Polanski’s Oliver Twist is not a document of box office blockbuster. Instead of trying to correct the story to make it more “accessible” to the modern audience and thus make it becomes tasteless and can not recognize, Polanski was allowed Dickens storytelling. The plot keeps quite novel and the characters are allowed to exist in their own right, are brought to life by a very capable actor is guided by a director capable of the same. The end result is not genre that will appeal to fans die hard Michael Bay with fifteen minutes lasting attention. If you like a good story with colorful characters, environments rich and interesting movie, then this is your movie.
If you have never read or heard the story of Oliver Twist, sit right now and write to the principal of your school to tell them that you want to regain your parent’s tax money. It’s a classic, popular Dickens story of an orphan boy in a kind, good-hearted, good-natured in the early 1800s in the UK. After escaping the orphanage Oliver, Oliver fled to London, where he was brought in by Fagin nice but quirky and a series of street rats. Gang, Oliver found out, earn a living in the pocket and contact other members of the criminal element of London, a life of Oliver is not interested in sharing. When a good man in society take the boy in, Oliver’s old friends worried that he would rat them out and decide to kidnap him. Situation began spiraling out of control when William Sikes malice involved, decided to use him as a means to rob the house of the man who saved Oliver. Robbery turns into sour, leading to more lies, despair and murder more.
The secret to the success of Oliver Twist is in the small details. Polanski had his eye on it and the nuances of his slaves to us, the audience. The supporting cast of him completely charming. A traditional troupe of English actors famous and not known, they enjoyed every moment of their work and the result is a film full of memorable events, if any short performances. America seems to be the actor with good qualities, most of them fall to the category of TV program of the World Bank. He has them in spades, and they all turned out to give even the smallest role in Oliver Twist a touch polishing. They get most of the humorous moments and humor of the film and they play them for all that they are worth a wink wink, nod nod.
The cast members also no slouches top. Ben Kingsley finally regained his dignity as an actor after the terrible trifecta that is Thunderbirds, Suspect Zero and A Sound of Thunder. His comeback is Fagin twitchy gold film and if he does not get nominated for any major award there would be an outrage. Barney Clark do a full job as young Oliver, representing at least the friendliness and innocence of the character. He struggled a little in the light of the masters of his actions but go through the emotional moments of the film. The big surprise came from acquaintances do not know Leanne Rowe, who completely steals the show.
The attention to detail does not stop with the cast. Polanski’s creative team was revived in the early 1800s England in all the filth and the glory of it. Each frame of the film so rich in detail that I feel completely absorbed into the world of Dickens. There is a little funny going on in some of the exciting moments of the film, but all of them are part of the narrative style of Dickens. Everything from the light in the window top to the block cobblestone streets and every outfit, add and prop between, mixed together to form a portal perfection through which we see world of Oliver Twist.
Pawel Edelman, behind Ray Eyes and The Pianist for Twist Olvier that last perfect sense of sight. He uses cinema to convey more about the story than the actors themselves can, often times shows the world from the perspective of a child. There have been moments I want to freeze the film and just sat there staring at the screen, taking all.
I was fascinated by the story of Oliver Polanski, but I do not deny that there are many who will not. Languages and dialects true during and books, making them difficult for anyone not familiar with them. At the same time, the pace is very simple and methodical, building impressive moments sophistication and a touching finale but it is what Americans usually hate. Still art is undeniable and great storytelling. While we can not say the same for other versions of “Oliver Twist”, Dickens will not return to their graves with this.