Friday, January 23, 2009

Great Expectations

This 1998 film starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, and an interesting role for Robert DeNiro. Gwyneth is a spoiled rich little girl who stays with her crazy Aunt(played by Anne Bancroft) during the summers. Ethan plays a poor little boy who ends up being hired as a playmate for Gwyneth over the summers as she visits. To make a long story short, as a child Ethan falls for his first and what ends up remaining to be his only true love.

Robert DeNiro plays an escaped convict, who upon stumbling across Ethan as a child, forces Ethan to help him obtain food and water as he lives life on the run from the law. The movie fast forwards several years to the characters now being adults. Gwyneth is living in New York City and engaged. Ethan, a fisherman in Florida, is hired by a gallery to put on his own art show in New York City. Ethan agrees to the show thinking it is a good way to reconnect with Gwyneth. The two reconnect and sparks fly, however, ultimately nothing Ethan does seems to persuade Gwyneth to give up everything to be with him. He ends up heartbroken and leaves New York City.

**Spoiler-Ethan always thought that Gwyneth's crazy Aunt was behind giving him a life in New York City but finds out that it was actually Robert DeNiro who is his benefactor as a payback from when he helped Robert to live life on the run. Gwyneth runs from her love for Ethan and has a quickie wedding with her fiancee, but is apparently not happy. She ultimately divorces him and goes back to the house she spent her summers in. Ethan ends up showing back up at the house and the movie ends with the beginning of a what appears to be a relationship between the two.

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