that Dickens’ 200th birthday is in 2012, I figured it’d be a good
time to post some reviews of his book-to-screen movie adaptations that were
brought to life by BBC. As someone who thinks Charles Dickens is a great
storyteller and a girl who loves all things that might be related to costume
dramas, seeing this displaced movie seemed like a good idea. After much
research and reading of reviews, I was thrilled to find Martin Chuzzlewit. While this story is less-intelligent than some
of Dickens’ other works, it is still a complex enjoyable story that leaves you
guessing until the end.
Once young Martin comes to terms that his grandfather is not going to change his mind, he decides to leave for America to make his fortune along with an acquaintance and travelling companion Mark Tapley (Steve Nicolson). Without means to marry the good-hearted Mary, Martin makes plans to send for her once he has made his fortune and is established. Fearing that his grandfather might discover his correspondence with Mary, he sends his letters in care of his friend Tom Pinch (Phillip Franks). Also playing a crucial role in the Chuzzlewit family search for a fortune is Jonas Chuzzlewit (Keith Allen). As nephew to old Mr. Chuzzlewit, Jonas is already party to his own fortune being the sole heir and only son of Anthony Chuzzlewit (also played by Paul Schofield), Martin’s brother. Still a greedy, obnoxious man, he will stop at nothing to gain what he wants.