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Wuthering Heights [DVD] (2011)
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Wuthering Heights is Academy Award®-winning writer-director Andrea Arnold's third feature following the BAFTA® award winning, Fish Tank and Cannes Jury Prize winning Red Road. Based on the novel by Emily Brontë and adapted for the screen by Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed, Wuthering Heights stars newcomer James Howson as Heathcliff and Kaya Scodelario (Skins) as Cathy alongside Steve Evets (Joseph), Oliver Milburn (Mr Linton), and Nicola Burley (Isabella Linton) and introducing Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave playing the young Cathy and Heathcliff. A Yorkshire hill farmer on a visit to Liverpool finds a homeless boy on the streets. He takes him home to live as part of his family on the isolated Yorkshire moors where the boy forges an obsessive relationship with the farmer s daughter.
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A main portion of the book is dedicated to Heathcliff's revenge. Marrying Isabella, having a child with her. And then Cathy having a child, dying in labour and then Heathcliff exacts revenge on Cathy's daughter by forcing her to marry his son.
This book goes as far as Cathy dying (which happens in the first half of the book) and then the movie ends - there is no mention of the baby that she carried, or of anything which is the key element in the book.
Wuthering heights (despite media's interpretation) is not a romance, there is no romance in the book, it's a book about Heathcliff's revenge and everything before his revenge is merely the reason why he's angry.
Yes Heathcliff loved Cathy, but that is purely what this adaptation focused on.
Also, there are several occasions where live dogs are hung by the neck, and you can watch them squirm and struggle for life - even if these dogs 'were not harmed' it's traumatic to watch as it is real.
Terrible Movie - the Tom Hardy version is much better
Arnold really wants us to smell the mud, study the movements of animals and get soaking wet in the endless rain, and there is some very interesting camera work, much of it handheld, utilised to try and achieve this. She really does come horribly unstuck, however, with a very ill-judged 4:3 frame, which robs the landscape of any depth of character or dimension and renders the humans characters as busy blurs within the frame for most of the running time. Her decision not to use any music on the soundtrack is also a mistake as the sound of rain or heavy breathing which fills up the spaces between dialogue becomes rather dully repetitive within the first 20 minutes of the film, and numbingly tedious thereafter.
The real let down of the film though is in the script and performances. Whilst realism is attempted through accurate regional accents, the dialogue and the very half-hearted attempt to lend it any feeling by the actors whatsoever, is absolutely dreadful. Whoever thought that adding in a stream of four-letter words and constant racial slurs was going to bring any added authenticity was sorely mistaken - this, as well as sentences that lack any sense of rhythm or phrasing, is where the film is most at fault, and there are horrid jarring notes of anachronism in practically every scene. Trying to force modern concerns and speech patterns into a classic gothic romance just kills it stone dead.Read more ›
Emily Bronte's novel is a classic of Gothic romance and has been adapted several times for the screen. The typical strategy for most of these adaptations has been to put stars in the roles of Heathcliff and Catherine, and hurry over their childhood relationship to the adult phase where the stars can come in. In contrast, Arnold's film casts relative newcomers and places a lot of importance on tracing the early friendship of the two characters when they were in their teens. This forms a strong basis for their near animal attachment to each other, despite all the social complications in their companionship. Also, she makes spectacular use of locations, bringing alive the wild brooding air of the setting. Interestingly she chooses to film in the 4:3 ratio. While initially, this seems an odd choice for a film with a heavy outdoorsy element, her focus is on creating a claustrophobic frame, which heightens the intensity of the emotions. When H&C go riding, the editing constantly cuts to close-ups of their faces, Heathcliff breathing in the scent of her hair, their legs against the horse's side. Even purely from a visual standpoint, this is one of the most gorgeous films I have seen in recent years.
AE's blu-ray delivers a transfer that's nothing short of stunning.Read more ›
I'm all for modern adaptations so long as they are good, and this was not good at all. Slow, painful and laborious with not enough dialogue to keep the viewer engaged with the unfolding story.
Arnold's young Heathcliffe for me was a very unsympathetic character even through the severe prejudice he suffered. It didn't help that his sulky-anger came across as an unforgiving weakness. The story centred mainly around the young Heathcliffe and how he fell in love with the young Cathy, but it was too slow and repetitive for me to be either emphatic or engaged with the characters.
I really want to give this a glowing review as I adore classic British novels but this left me empty and bereft the for the original narrative.
The only saving grace to this film is the stunning shots of the moors in its stark beauty.
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Negative reviewers are missing something I think. Arnold's other work is timeless, ingeniously plotted and wholly absorbing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Georgina
The reappearance of Cathy scene in the orchard gave me goosebumps as did the bridling up of the grey horse scene. So delicate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TK
Read the book now seen the film.....A story that is timeless..give this a go if you like the classics.Published 2 months ago by frankie
I've never been moved to write a review until now. This is the most pretentious film. Small photography like seeing a world through a keyhole. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Britsound
A truly terrible film. Just lots of imagery of the rainy and windy moors over and over again. Barely any dialogue and I suspect not quite what Bronte had in mind when she wrote it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sarah Walsh
Do not believe the negative reviews here. This is a beautiful film. The acting is superb throughout. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ijhopkinson
I cannot rate this film any higher because it is not full screen size and it lacks sub-titlesPublished 8 months ago by Mike
Knowing I'm a fan of the Bronte's (why hasn't a film been made of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall?) this was bought for me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by N
Glad that others were as irritated as I was. So AWFULLY correct. Sheep had more personality that Heathcliff. The script must at least have been cheap. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ventris Arden