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This review is from: Wuthering Heights (2009) [DVD] (DVD)If like me Mr Laurence was the only Heathcliff you were bought up with, this one came as a huge supprise to me ,i kept thinking this is not what went on , i watched mouth open till the end.Next day i got the book read it then watched again and fell in love with Heathcliff all over again, what a lovely feeling.Well done Mr Hardy you are my Heathcliff like Mr Firth will always be Mr Darcy.AHHH.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2010 19:26:24 GMT
B. Scott says:
Why on earth do women fall in love with Heathcliff? He's big-time damaged goods, he's a brute, he's not the brightest candle in the chandelier, he's vicious, brutal and obsessional. But his great poetic speeches ( which are Emily Bronte's, not his ) are supremely beautiful, moving and intensely powerful. This version sounds pathetic. Won't bother to buy it, let alone watch. Pretty boys don't do it for we genuine students of Emily Bronte's works.
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Gimme a break. First of all, you are confused on women's romantic ideas of men. Women like Emily Bronte. Heathcliff is the Romantic anti-hero. He is all of the things you say he is -- except the brightest candle silliness. I wonder that you are such a great "genuine student of Emily Bronte's works." What knowledgeable person of literature, let alone Bronte's classic novel, believes the character makes poetic speeches of his own. Huh? I can just see Heathcliff furiously writing his lines while Emily's out for a stroll on the moors. Gawd. I am going to pull rank on you here and tell you that "genuine students" of literature are not hung up on pretty boys as characters in a novel. Nor pretty girls. Nor pretty horses. This adaptation of the novel is brilliant. It is an adaptation. Imagine, if you have really read the novel, cramming all that into a two-hour film. Putting the book in the more sensible chronological order, deleting multiple narrators, retaining actual dialogue from the book into the film -- though the dialogue is spoken by different characters -- and the brilliant performances of the actors all make this the definitive WH adaptation for me. Tom Hardy IS Bronte's Heathcliff. If you have read the novel, you know that Heathcliff's obsession and his rage are one side of an extremely complex coin. The other is his vulnerability and sensitivity. Purists, and I don't consider you one, will find the characterization of Cathy unrecognizable as the screenwriter has changed her from a spoiled, self-indulgent, and cruel character to one who is sympathetic. She is fiery and indignant in some scenes in the movie, but hardly the selfish b**ch portrayed in the novel. Read the death scene again. It is Heathcliff who is the sensitive, caring, and loving partner. It's Cathy who has starved herself to death to punish both Heathcliff and Edgar (who is virtually a shadow in the novel). In this adaptation SPOILER Heathcliff's death is drawn completely differently. He dies in his bed with the windows open while the pelting ice and rain take him off .... the shooting incident is, imo, unecessary and takes away from the arc of the theme. But it's a quirk of the screenwriter. I found it wonderful that he, as with other adaptations, couldn't resist the famous "We will wander the moors for all eternity" line which does not appear in the novel. This scene in the film is brilliantly done by Riley and Hardy with additonal diaglogue. ("I thought you'd forgotten me. You know I could as soon forget you as my own life." ) Sorry to be so mean to you, but, as a professor of 19th c. British literature, I have to put you sternly in your place. Now you can leave the classroom and go pout in the corner.
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