Nicholas Nickleby is primarily based upon the classic novel written by beloved novelist Charles Dickens. The adaptation focuses on the story of Nicholas Nickleby: a young man aged 19 who tries to aid the lives of other people who are negatively impacted by his wealthy but unfair and cruel Uncle. Developed by Simon Channing Williams (The Continual Gardener), Jeffrey Sharp (Proof), and John Hart (Revolutionary Road), Nicholas Nickleby is typically impressive and charming (if also somewhat brief) as an adaptation of Dicken’s massive novel.
Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam) sets out from home to discover function from his wealthy uncle Ralph Nickleby (Christopher Plummer) after the passing of his father. Nickleby is provided a job operating within a boarding school for kids. To Nicholas’s horror, he discovers the folks running the school, which includes the leader Wackford Squeers (Jim Broadbent), emotionally and physically abuses the young children. Although staying at the college, Nicholas befriends Smike (Jamie Bell), a cripple, whom he becomes a close friend to and to whom he treats like a brother.
Upon deciding to leave the boarding school and it really is cruel leaders behind, Nicholas and Smike set out to find work elsewhere. They travel away from the college and stumble upon a theatre troupe run by Vincent Crummles (Nathan Lane). Although the pay is not as great, Nicholas accepts an offer you to join the troupe. Nickleby and Smike begin to operate with them as actors: they turn into stage performers and help with the productions (like one particular of Romeo & Juliet). Inside the troupe, they meet a variety of eccentric characters, including Mr Folair (Alan Cumming), an odd and exclusive person invested in the theatre.
Kate Nickleby (Romola Garai), Nicholas’s sister, is sexually harassed by Sir Mulberry Hawk (Edward Fox), a enterprise partner of their wealthy uncle. Though Kate rejects his advances, Mulberry continues to harass her to sleep with him and tends to make cruel jokes and undesirable advances to her: suggesting to his enterprise acquaintances that she desperately desires to sleep with him and is just also shy to admit her feelings (the notion is met with a table full of jubilantly laughing guys all delighting in the humiliation of Kate).
Ralph Nickleby, an increasingly cruel Uncle, believes Kate should accept Hawk ‘s sexual advances. He treats her like a pawn in his business dealings. Nicholas, upon studying of his sister’s misfortune and sexual harassment from Hawk, defends her to their uncle. Their uncle then sets it upon himself to attempt and destroy the life of Nicholas for his defense of Kate and for Nicholas’s attitude towards his company.
Even though numerous issues are grim for Nicholas, he finds some happiness when he meets Madeline Bray (Anne Hathaway), an artist of little wealth who supports herself and her gambling father, and discovers his own affections for her. Nicholas starts to fall in love with her and a romance ensues amongst them.
Nicholas sets about helping his sister and other folks about him who are becoming unfairly treated by his uncle. He takes a stand against his cruel and cold uncle. The film (and story) is sprawling, attempting to tell a huge story of Nicholas’s life from youth to being a young man. The film interweaves supporting characters and sub-plots but it’s ultimately a story about Nicholas’s journey. It is also a definite parable about what is crucial in life: though Nicholas may possibly not be wealthy like his uncle he has friendship, adore, and compassion for other individuals: all issues his Uncle, a wealthy business man, lacks totally.
The cinematography by Dick Pope (Happy Go Fortunate, The Illusionist) is strong all through and adds to the style of the filmmaking. This is an impressive seeking film which seems to function in bringing this time-period to life. It operates well with the production design and style work by Eve Stewart (The King’s Speech, The Danish Girl), which manages to convey the usually grim reality of the era: the poverty of the boarding college and the thrown-collectively appear of the theatre troupe. Costume styles by Ruth Myers (L.A. Confidential, Deep Impact) add to the look of the film. This is surely a impressive work by the production team.
The music score by Rachel Portman (Benny & Joon, The Cider Residence Guidelines, The Duchess) adds a warmth and heart to the filmmaking that is significantly appreciated. Portman’s music enhances the storytelling of Dicken’s and tends to make the film a considerably much more enjoyable one. This is completely a high quality score.
Douglas McGrath (Emma) wrote the screenplay adaptation of Dicken’s novel and directed the film as effectively. The film is commendable for its impressive ensemble cast (particularly as so numerous talented men and women have been involved in this production) and for its attempt to adapt the function of Dickens with heart. The film does feel a bit quick, even though: sometimes it feels like a cliff notes version of Dickens function.
Unfortunately, it feels as though Nicholas Nickleby isn’t able to fully convey the whole novel, which was a huge literary function. The story jumps around pretty rapidly and it feels like not enough time is spent with every setting or group of characters in the film. The film may well have had far more breathing space as a mini-series. Nonetheless, the film provides a very good story, outstanding production values, and a decent time. It is a great film that is worth one’s time: it just falls a bit short of its high ambitions. Nonetheless, Nicholas Nickleby is an exciting period-drama which has a lot to provide for Dickens fans.
Nicholas Nickleby arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC higher definition presentation in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. The film looks powerful and sharp for the most element in its higher definition debut. It’s undoubtedly a worthwhile transfer that presents the film with a decent high-def upgrade. The downside is that the transfer can appear a bit dated and not totally remastered. There are occasional specks of dirt, dust, and the film can show some signs of age currently. It’s not a pristine 4K restoration. Even so, this is a modest and worthwhile upgrade which fans of the film will appreciate possessing. The presentation delivers robust colors and decent clarity.
The film is presented on Blu-ray with both a five.1 surround sound and two. DTS-HD Master Audio lossless audio presentation. The film is not the most dynamic sounding work even with surround sound. It is a normal presentation for a drama film. This isn’t as immersive a audio expertise as some may possibly want. Dialogue clarity is fine and the music score sounds excellent and is expanded by the surrounds. Otherwise, it’s a quite ordinary sound mix and not a single that stands out as becoming especially fascinating. Even so, the overall clarity remains sturdy and it’s a decent audio presentation.
Subtitles are provided in English SDH (for the deaf and difficult of hearing).
Please Note: This is a Area Free Blu-ray release.
The release includes a booklet featuring an essay by Julie Kirgo.
On disc supplements include:
Isolated Score Track in Lossless 2. DTS-HD Master Audio
Audio Commentary with Director/Screenwriter Douglas McGrath
Producing a Classic: The Producing of Nicholas Nickleby (SD, 29 min.) functions the filmmakers discussing the production of the film.
The Cast on the Cast! (SD, 17 min.) functions interviews with the cast as they reflect on the performances of their fellow actors for the film.
View on the Set: Multi-Angle Function –
– The Theatre
– The Kidnapping
– The Proposal
– The Toast
Original Theatrical Trailer
Nicholas Nickleby is an impressively mounted production of Dicken’s classic novel. The film offers a wonderful ensemble cast (which provide outstanding performances). The production design and style impresses all through. The film is an entertaining period-drama but it really is also a bit as well brief in telling the story. It may have been even much more efficient in mini-series kind. Nonetheless, it’s surely a worthwhile film which has plenty to offer.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make motion pictures. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.
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