Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights

Posted by Glennis Byron on November 11, 2011 in News tagged with ,

A new adaptation of Wuthering Heights is currently getting a very wide range of responses from the critics.  The film is directed by Andrea Arnold, who is known for such bleak social realist pieces as Red Road (2006) and Fish Tank (2009).

The film stars Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Solomon Glave and Shannon Beer and has been somewhat controversial because of the casting of black actors in the role of Heathcliff.

From what I’ve seen the reviewers who do like the film like it primarily because it doesn’t make Wuthering Heights into a costume drama. Donald Clark of the Irish Times writes:

no previous version of the book has been so successful in jettisoning the literary baggage and encouraging the story to find its cinematic legs… So pared down is the story that those unfamiliar with the novel may have trouble working out who is barking at whom and why. Indeed, the film is so determinedly stark that it takes on the quality of folk cinema. You could never tell that this Wuthering Heights is set in a country that was building one of the world’s mightiest empires. One half expects to see the locals worshipping pigs’ heads on sticks.

The trailer doesn’t quite grab me:

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