Wuthering Heights NR CC

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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.

James Howson, Solomon Glave
2 hours, 10 minutes

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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
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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31 of 36 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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14 of 16 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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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Megan Hewins on November 16, 2012
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This production is a real mixed bag. It is beautifully inspired film-craft in regards to cinematography, location, direction and acting (especially from the younger actor and actress playing Heathcliff and Catherine).

The director Andrea Arnold has lovingly understood and rendered Emily Bronte's masterpiece in a truer sense than I've ever seen previously in film adaptations. Her affinity with the novel is obvious in the extreme devotion to the nuances that other films always seem to miss. Specifically, and most importantly is location. Wuthering heights, Thrushcross Grange, and most especially the moors are such integral parts of this story and so representational that the importance of location cannot be over-estimated. Arnold's shots of the moors put the audience perfectly in the setting. Breathtaking images of the moors leave the viewer able to fully comprehend the isolation the characters would feel in such a desolate landscape. Which is then contrasted to the more populated and cheerful Thruscross Grange. Catherine and Heathcliff's bond is indigenous to the fierce and uncultivated land of the moors. Arnold's adaptation is unparalleled in expressing this deeper understanding of the story.

She does a fine job with Catherine and Heathcliff's younger years. Solomon Glave and Shannon Beer gave heart-wrenching and profound performances, all the more remarkable given their tender ages. Glave's performance was remarkable. I believed in their love on screen, as surely as I did when I read the novel. However, the entire production goes belly up in the last third of film. The replacement of the characters with older actors betrays the powerful beauty and chemistry that was so painstakingly created by Beer and Glave.
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