Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

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Charles Dickens third Novel:

‘Hoping to provide support for his mother and sister after the death of his father Nicholas turns to his uncle Ralph for assistance. Ralph wants nothing to do with his late brother’s family and feigns to help Nicholas by securing a position as assistant master at the Dotheboys Hall school in Yorkshire run by unscrupulous Wackford Squeers. Nicholas soon becomes disgusted with Squeer’s treatment of his pupils and leaves, giving Squeers a sound thrashing and liberating Smike, whom Squeers has mistreated for years. Nicholas and Smike move in with Newman Noggs in London and then travel to Portsmouth where they take up acting in Crummles stage company. On hearing of the mistreatment of his sister at the hands of his uncle, Nicholas and Smike return to London. Nicholas secures employment with the philanthropic Cheeryble brothers and later marries Madeline Bray whom he has helped rescue from the evil designs of Ralph and Arthur Gride.’ From David Perdue’s Charles Dickens Page

This is a wonderful adaptation full of humour and wit, but also darkness and sadness. Charlie Hunnam is Nicholas Nickleby, Jamie Bell as Smike, Christopher Plummer as Ralph Nickleby and the ever wonderful Jim Broadbent as the brutal Wackford Squeers.

It is sharply and well produced and is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it.