Wuthering Heights

November 11th, 2011







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Still of Kaya Scodelario in Wuthering Heights

Plot
A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.4/10 (756 voted)

Director: Andrea Arnold

Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Nichola Burley, James Howson

Storyline
A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte.

Writers: Andrea Arnold, Emily Brontë

Cast:
Kaya Scodelario - Catherine Earnshaw
Nichola Burley - Isabella Linton
James Howson - Heathcliff
Oliver Milburn - Mr. Linton
Amy Wren - Frances Earnshaw
Steve Evets - Joseph
James Northcote - Edgar Linton
Paul Hilton - Mr. Earnshaw
Shannon Beer - Young Catherine Earnshaw
Solomon Glave - Young Heathcliff
Simone Jackson - Ellen Dean
Jonny Powell - Young Edgar Linton
Paul Murphy - Lawyer



Details

Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site [uk] |

Release Date: 11 November 2011

Filming Locations: Cotescue Park, Coverham, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £5,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: £156,931 (UK) (13 November 2011) (81 Screens)

Gross: £605,504 (UK) (19 February 2012)



Technical Specs

Runtime:  | UK: (theatrical version)



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jessica Alba was one of the choices to play Catherine Earnshaw when John Maybury was on board to direct.



User Review

Failed attempt to shock

Rating:

Saw this at the Venice film festival last week. It had quite a few walk outs near the beginning (probably the strong Yorkshire accents with lots of background noise made it unintelligible for non native English speakers) and they were the lucky ones as it certainly did not improve over the following 2 hours.

The director's main aim seemed to be to try and shock audiences who thought they were coming to an Emma Thompson type costume drama by making the film as morose as possible and throwing in lots of swearing, violence and a bit of necrophilia. Unfortunately the only shocking thing was that they had managed to make such a bad film out of a classic novel.

There were numerous petty things which annoyed me about this film, e.g. the use of pathetic fallacy with the weather is way over the top (the Earnshaws live under a constant biblical downpour whereas there rich neighbours in the next door valley have a climate from a fruit juice advert); the cameraman either had Parkinson's or had been previously employed in one of those American police series where reality is represented by a constantly jerky camera; the actors playing the adult Cathy and Heathcliff look nothing like their younger selves - Heathcliff even appears to have changed race!; would a 19th century strict Christian father be happy with someone sleeping with his teenage daughter in the house?; would a 19th century Heathcliff be able to swan around Edgar house willy nilly? I could go on.

Most importantly I think the director fails completely in making us feel any sympathy for her characters. Heathcliff has a hard time of it in his youth but has no redeeming features. It's not helped by the fact that the actor playing the adult Heathcliff is atrociously bad at his job.

I have no problem with making Wuthering Heights dark and brooding but make it a bit less daft.









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