Oliver Twist (2005)

This most recent adaptation of Charles Dickens famous novel is an exceptional portrayal of the tenderness of young Oliver. Roman Polanski is a suitable director as his early life carried with it many hardships as well.

Oliver is orphaned and is either passed from one owner to another or escapes and joins another ending up in the hands of a ruthless ringleader of pickpockets in the streets of Victorian London. His life is in the balance when an opportunity for love presents itself.

I was thoroughly impressed by the acting in the film. It did almost border on caricature at some points, but managed to avoid the lightness of the musical. Full of grace and the dire need of it, Oliver Twist will remain a classic for these virtues alone, let alone all of the colourful characters.

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