"Oliver Twist," the latest from director Roman Polanski, is by no means "The Pianist," but still offers a decent adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel.
"Ordinary" is the word of the day for this film. Polanski has properly captured the look of the time, making bleak blues, blacks and grays commonplace throughout the film, and in a beautiful fashion. However, the movie itself is nothing notable. Never bad but never extraordinary, it sails along while never making it a cinematic experience.
Having watched this movie over two months ago and subsequently forgetting to write a review about it, my memory is a bit blank in regards to what I really liked and what I didn't. However, that sums it up about right. There is nothing especially memorable here, even if the movie itself, in the strictest sense of the word, is quite good.
If you like Dickens' novel, it will be worth seeing "Oliver Twist." Otherwise, I wouldn't bother going out of my way.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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