Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
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Film Review

Film title
Wuthering Heights
Director
Andrea Arnold
Starring
Shannon Beer, Solomon Glave, James Howson, Kaya Scodelario
Release date
11 Nov
Certificate
15

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Wuthering Heights is released 11 Nov by Artificial Eye www.artificial-eye.com

Wuthering Heights

3/5 stars
Film review by Philip Concannon.
Published 07 November 2011

There have been many screen versions of Wuthering Heights but we've never seen one quite like this. Andrea Arnold has brought her bold, uncompromising vision to bear on Emily Brontë's novel, denying us the aesthetic pleasures we normally associate with British costume dramas, and instead investing the movie with a bracing sensuality and simmering violence.

For the first half of the film at least, Wuthering Heights is a stunning achievement, with Malick-like editing immersing us in Arnold's richly atmospheric evocation of 19th century Yorkshire. Newcomers Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave impress as the young leads, but when Heathcliff returns a grown man in the movie's second half, James Howson's limitations as an actor prove problematic.

The film never builds on the potential of its earliest sequences, instead growing repetitive, and it crucially fails to express the heartache of the doomed central romance. Arnold repeatedly asks the anguished Heathcliff to bash his head against a wall or tree, but as painful as this looks, we don't feel it.