Friday, August 26, 2016

Oliver Twist

Roman Polanski presents a gritty, workmanlike adaptation which doesn't distinguish itself from other notable adaptations of the Dickens classic. Young Barney Clark as eponymous waif is a true find, Ben Kingsley is unrecognizable and impressive as Fagin, the boy's ignoble protector, Jamie Foreman frightening as the odious and gruffy Bill Sykes, and Mark Strong demonstrates his acting range in a brief role.
*** out of ****