Mr. Pip Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mr. Pip

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Have Great Expectations about this one.

  • Starring:

    Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah Matsi, Healesville Joel, Eka Darville, Kerry Fox, Florence Korokoro

  • Directed by:

    Andrew Adamson

  • Running time:

    133 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)


    People are raped, shot, hacked (off-camera), brutalised, beaten, punched, slapped, hit with objects, threatened with a knife, tormented, swept away, bound, tortured (implied). Animals are bound, slaughtered. Blockaded island, property destroyed, mass panic, burning buildings/objects. Armed soldiers, gunshots heard, arson, guns given to children. Screaming, shouting, wailing. Blood/gore: Corpse. A body is dismembered off-camera. Animal corpses, entrails. Hacked body mentioned. Injured child on stretcher. Bloody bandage, bloody bullet wounds, bloody mouth, bloody cut on face.


    Rape, intention to rape. Adultery. Shirtless men, islander wear.


    A child asks for a beer (comic). Smoking (cigarettes, pipes).


    S-words, d*ckhead, bloody. Name-calling, disparaging remarks, crass comments about men, obscene hand gestures. Religious references and exclamations. Racial, cultural, gender, islander stereotypes.


    War, Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea, rebels, separatists, tribes, theft, deceit, imagination, literature, teaching, reading, education, Christianity, theology, mental illness, depression, defiance, denial, isolation, infidelity, displacement, Great Expectations, copper mining, cruelty, hope, pain, conflict, expatriates, prejudice, ignorance.


    Deceased child (meningitis). Absent father. Deceased parents, siblings mentioned. Funeral, cemetery, burial settings. Helicopters. Dog, pigs, crabs, butterfly, cricket, ant, cat, cobwebs. Vomiting, spitting. Brief pidgin language (subtitled). Based on the novel, Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. Inspired by Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.


    Well-intentioned, earnest, devastating, agonising, difficult, warm, affecting, harrowing, powerful, intimate, moving, poetic. Gorgeous scenery, warm cinematography, excellent production values, strong performances, fine costumes, stomach-churning violence.


    Dubious, cringe-worthy, contrived, questionable, corny, simplistic, gimmicky, ham-fisted, overblown. Preachy, unrelenting score. Implausible character motivations, weak story, giant plot holes, underdeveloped characters, muddled/tedious at times.

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