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Overall Rating
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Worth A Look88.89%
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2 reviews, 6 user ratings



Nicholas Nickleby
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by Greg Muskewitz

"A light-spirited comedy of revenge."
4 stars

Charles Dickens’ novel of cruel fate in impoverished England and then a crueler fate to the dastardly upper-class, as brought to the screen by writer/director Douglas McGrath (Emma, Company Man).

The untimely death of the Nickleby paterfamilias sends the surviving family to mid-1850s London and to the deceased’s brother, who then splits apart the family and attempts to sadistically manipulate them. While the film is dedicated — at least by title — to Nicholas and his adventure back to his uncle’s after being assigned to teach at nothing more than a beating-ground daycare for boys, there is no nepotism in the many side-stories and subplots of over a dozen other characters. And despite the seriousness of familial issues equating to a darkness of New Industrial London, the film is a rather blithe and light-spirited comedy of, say, revenge, or at least rapprochement. In other words, all retribution is fair game, and Dickens’ operatic characters are undisguised and fully colored in their respective mechanics; one doesn’t need to make up their mind on whom to or not to like. Subsequently, McGrath (remaining entirely behind the camera) collects a broadly talented group in supporting roles (no one, including Charlie Hunnam, truly leads more than another) that transcend their colorfulness to the bright production design and cinematography, gathering a thematic device of thoughtful, but light fare. With Tom Courtenay, Christopher Plummer, Anne Hathaway, Jim Broadbent, Jamie Bell, Nathan Lane, Barry Humphries, Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Alan Cumming.

[Worth-seeing.]

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User Comments

5/23/08 PAUL SHORTT ENTERTAINING AND COHERENT 3 stars
7/03/05 love I agree. Very homoerptic attraction between Charlie and Jamie! 4 stars
4/15/04 Charlene Javier Fun to watch. 4 stars
9/18/03 Ashton Kutcher's Boy Toy A pleasure to watch, esp. the homoerotic attraction between Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Bell! 4 stars
9/06/03 Dimitri Aubert Good movie, though a little too short. 4 stars
1/09/03 Heather Great acting and characters, good v evil storyline and Charlie Hunnam mmmmmm. 5 stars
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USA
  27-Dec-2002 (PG)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  20-Nov-2003


Directed by
  Douglas McGrath

Written by
  Douglas McGrath

Cast
  Charlie Hunnam
  Jamie Bell
  Jim Broadbent
  Tom Courtenay
  Alan Cumming
  Edward Fox



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