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The greatest love story ever told, Wuthering Heights is an excitingly fresh and distinct take on the classic novel by Emily Bront.

Starring:
James Howson, Solomon Glave
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

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Wuthering Heights

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Andrea Arnold
Starring James Howson, Solomon Glave
Supporting actors Paul Hilton, Shannon Beer, Simone Jackson, Steve Evets, Lee Shaw, Adam Lock, Amy Wren, Eve Coverley, Jonny Powell, Oliver Milburn, Emma Ropner, Richard Guy, Michael Hughes, Kaya Scodelario, James Northcote, Nichola Burley, Paul Murphy
Studio Oscilloscope Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I wanted to like this movie, but I don't even think I can watch it.
cmccune
A cinematographic adaptation, not merely a film adaptation, if that makes any sense - not just a filmed reading of excerpts from the book in historic settings.
murillo98
This is probably the worst version of Wuthering Heights I have ever seen.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Emily Summers on June 14, 2013
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I love Kaya Scodelario and thought that her casting as Catherine was spot-on. Unfortunately, she has a total of about 15-20 minutes to work with in this entire film and her counterpart - James Howson - was not really up for the task.

While I do think that the tone of the book was capture by this desolate setting, a few things bothered me immensely and basically ruined the movie.

1. It's been stated before - the children look nothing like their adult selves. I'm not sure why the director thought she could get away with this. Did she think we wouldn't notice? It took me completely out of the story. This seems like such a basic thing to get right.

2. The ending. First off, the Mumford & Sons song. Um. What? Why? We've spent the entire movie in utter silence, paying special attention to make sure that everything is realistic and set to that period and then...Mumford & Sons over a flashback of a fairly disturbing scene in the mud?

Beyond the weird closure, taking out the second half of the book was disappointing. I felt that, as a result, this wasn't really a depiction of Wuthering Heights, but instead a movie inspired by Wuthering Heights.

3. Finally, the animal cruelty. I know it's been brought up before and I could deal with the bunnies and sheep being killed, but the dogs legitimately had me covering my screen. I just don't want to see it and I hope they took special cares to ensure that no dogs were harmed.

Overall, it *did* feel like a student film. The director seemed to care more about creating a film that people wouldn't expect over creating a film that would tell this story accurately and with the text in mind.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Allyssa on January 7, 2013
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While it does not follow the book, this adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is entirely worthy of the original. Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite novels and this film captures the raw essence of it, which means this film will not appeal to a wide audience. The story is essentially about people who have had harsh lives and who have no qualms about hurting people, even the people they love. It's set in a barren landscape with little to entertain. The film reflects this with little dialogue and the sound of the wind rushing across the moors makes up the film's soundtrack until the entirely appropriate Mumford and Son's "Enemy" comes on with the credits. There is very little, if any, artificial lighting, which leaves much of what happens inside in shadow. Scenes with animal cruelty are also a notable part of the film and while I hate to see a dog hanged by its collar, that's one of the scenes from the book I will never forget and serves to help detract people's typically over-romantic notions of Heathcliff. All in all, this film created an incredible atmosphere for Cathy and Heathcliff's part of the story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Proud Bookworm on December 27, 2013
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I know two things for certain: 1) In the novel, people actually talk, and 2) This movie has robbed every morsel of passion from the novel and replaced it with shots of wind and birds.

Don't get me wrong, I love wind and birds. The moors are gorgeously wild and they play a significant role in the novel, both symbolically and overtly. But the moors are not the main character, folks. The main character is Heathcliff. In case this film is your only reference for WH, Heathcliff is that guy who walks around outside with Cathy a lot and utters about five intelligible words throughout the entire film. He's also one of the most interesting antiheroes in Western literature, not that you could tell from this movie, since all he does is kill rabbits and call people expletives (that's one of the few times he speaks).

I'm usually a pretty easygoing gal when people take artistic liberties with classics, but I have a lot of problems with those taken for this film. My biggest problem was the fact that Heathcliff arrives at WH as a teenager, not a young boy (in the novel he's six years old), which pretty much negates the entire tumultuous relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy. (In the novel, the two of them grow up together, side by side; they're not introduced as hormone-fueled teenagers, as the film suggests). Furthermore, the film completely neglects the pivotal scene in the novel where Cathy tells Nelly Dean that she's decided to marry Edgar.

The scenery is absolutely breath-taking. If this were a film about birds flying around the moors and wind blowing through people's hair, I would totally give it five stars. But as an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, it fails miserably. The film has taken everything that is passionate about the novel and turned it into a nature film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By taaj VINE VOICE on July 26, 2013
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This story was sold to me as the greatest love story ever told. If you are going into this with that expectation, you are going to be sorely disappointed. It's actually a story about dysfunction and abuse. It's not beautiful. It's dark, brutal, and disturbing. There is nothing redeeming about it. The characters are not likable people. The story isn't a warm and happy one. The abuse is senseless and wicked.

What makes it even worse is that it opens with this Blair Witch shaky cam that doesn't allow you to see the action. This continues throughout the ENTIRE FILM. Bizarre choice.

Then you have the lack of dialog and music. The bulk of the film is silent. While I HATE dialog driven films (they feel like plays to me- which is a completely different animal), you do need SOME to know what is going on. The many long, silent shots do nothing to create deeper understanding, make you feel anything, or move the plot along. Then you get to the end when, finally, we hear some music. And what strange music it is. When music is done well, it is a supporting player to the scene. This just feels wrong.

Another weird filming choice is the abundant use of extreme close ups and inserts of random images. The camera goes to boots, the mud, hair, a bug, a dead rabbit, the killing of a sheep, the moors... why? I get that one or two help to set the scene and but why bring the background to the foreground when it works very well where it is? And why do it over and over with the picture going in and out of focus?

The story itself follows the book until it doesn't. When it stops, it goes wrong. The film maker spent so much time enjoying his "artistry" and setting the scene that there isn't time to finish the story properly so it stops midway through the book.
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