Mr. Pip

Mr. Pip

Mr. Pip

Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia) directs Hugh Laurie in this drama set during the 1990s civil war in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, following one girl's fascination with the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. Adapted from the acclaimed 2006 novel by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones.

Shattered by the war over copper mining, Bougainville's teachers have fled. But the eccentric Mr. Watts (Laurie) has remained, the object of much curiosity and scorn who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read Dickens’ classic to the students. 14-year-old Matilda (Xzannjah), is transported into the Victorian world, finding inspiration in it while her everyday life is filled with harsh uncertainty as the realities of the civil war come to her village.

Best Actor (Hugh Laurie) and Best Actress (Xzannjah) at the 2013 NZ Film Awards.
2012Rating: M, Violence115 minsPapua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand
DramaWar
Director:
Andrew Adamson ('Shrek', 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe', 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian')
Writer:
Andrew Adamson
Cast:
Hugh LaurieKerry FoxEka DarvilleFlorence KorokoroXzannjahHealesville Joel
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

flicks

Kiwi director Andrew Adamson has a gift for the fantastical, what with the huge success of the Shrek and Narnia films. With Mr. Pip, he shows sensitivity for epic, emotional drama too. Faithfully adapting the moving Lloyd Jones award-winning novel Mister Pip, this is a fairly earnest retelling of one girl’s life-changing encounter with a mysterious teacher, who reads Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations to her otherwise educationally barren classroom in late-80s, war-torn Bougainville.

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I WAS THERE

It was as frustrating and surreal as this movie denotes. Is it entertaining? That seems to me to be secondary to the fact that these times and scenarios were taking place. I lived there and was evacuated off the island during those times. There are stories that are much stranger than fiction, and so much more unbelievable. This tells the times typically,...

5.0
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A fine rendition of a great book

Six Loafers went to see "Mr Pip"; only two of us had read the book. This is a terrific movie. Both of us who had read the book (Cushla and me) thought the film did a great job of bringing the story to the screen. Those who hadn't just thought it was a great movie! The casting is brilliant. Hugh Laurie is perfect as "Popeye" Watts and the actor who plays...

4.0
0

A Quality Movie!

This is a great Movie and totally absorbing! We (NZ) have a history with Bougainville and is worth learning a little & this helps. I highly recommend seeing this one!

4.0
0

Mr. Pip Review

It´s absolutely fantastic really wonderfull!!!

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Amazing

Make sure you see this. It balanced a very careful line especially around some sensitive subjects. This was fantastic!

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

This gimmicky story set during Papua New Guinea's civil war reaches for emotional effect in a fatally hamfisted fashion.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

I love films that surprise me and this heartfelt and unexpectedly powerful film that uses Great Expectations as a catalyst for inspiration, certainly does that.

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Stuff

Stuff

press

Powerful and touching.

4.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's a joy.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Adamson mixes magical realism with hard-hitting historical drama in a way that feels both contrived and questionable, even if the filmmakers clearly have their hearts in the right place.

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Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

flicks

Kiwi director Andrew Adamson has a gift for the fantastical, what with the huge success of the Shrek and Narnia films. With Mr. Pip, he shows sensitivity for epic, emotional drama too. Faithfully adapting the moving Lloyd Jones award-winning novel Mister Pip, this is a fairly earnest retelling of one girl’s life-changing encounter with a mysterious teacher, who reads Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations to her otherwise educationally barren classroom in late-80s, war-torn Bougainville.

0
Variety

Variety

press

This gimmicky story set during Papua New Guinea's civil war reaches for emotional effect in a fatally hamfisted fashion.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

I love films that surprise me and this heartfelt and unexpectedly powerful film that uses Great Expectations as a catalyst for inspiration, certainly does that.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Powerful and touching.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's a joy.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Adamson mixes magical realism with hard-hitting historical drama in a way that feels both contrived and questionable, even if the filmmakers clearly have their hearts in the right place.

0

I WAS THERE

It was as frustrating and surreal as this movie denotes. Is it entertaining? That seems to me to be secondary to the fact that these times and scenarios were taking place. I lived there and was evacuated off the island during those times. There are stories that are much stranger than fiction, and so much more unbelievable. This tells the times typically,...

5.0
0

A fine rendition of a great book

Six Loafers went to see "Mr Pip"; only two of us had read the book. This is a terrific movie. Both of us who had read the book (Cushla and me) thought the film did a great job of bringing the story to the screen. Those who hadn't just thought it was a great movie! The casting is brilliant. Hugh Laurie is perfect as "Popeye" Watts and the actor who plays...

4.0
0

A Quality Movie!

This is a great Movie and totally absorbing! We (NZ) have a history with Bougainville and is worth learning a little & this helps. I highly recommend seeing this one!

4.0
0

Mr. Pip Review

It´s absolutely fantastic really wonderfull!!!

0

Amazing

Make sure you see this. It balanced a very careful line especially around some sensitive subjects. This was fantastic!

4.0
0