1. I never wrote a full-length review of Andrea Arnold’s adaptation (just the post you mentioned), but I can give you my main reasons for liking it:
- It’s the first (and only) adaptation that cast a POC for the part of Heathcliff.
- I would have cast Kaya Scodelario as Catherine too.
- The love story between her and Heathcliff is not romanticised but shown for the destructive clash of forces that it is.
- I love that it doesn’t have a soundtrack until the very end, especially since the movie has so little dialogue. Often all you hear is the sound of the wind and the rain.
- I am obsessed with the Mumford & Sons song that plays over the credits.
- I love how you can almost smell the grass and feel the mud on your fingers when you watch it. It’s a combination of the sound design and the visuals, very effective.
- With the billion other adaptations out there in the world, this one actually did something different. Instead of making just another costume drama, Arnold created a visceral experience, focusing on the harsh environment and primal emotions.
neverfeedthesarcophagi said: excuse me heathcliff rockstar where do I get this atrocity
The Andrea Arnold adaptation is the only one I’ve seen so far that I actually really liked.
I’ve seen three other adaptations (2009, 1998, and 1992), a couple of years ago. I remember liking some bits and pieces here and there (Andrew Lincoln is a wonderful Edgar Linton), but they just never got it right.
I also own a modern-day MTV adaptation on DVD, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch that one. Heathcliff is in a rock band. Yeah.
@chaucerettescs said: I think “He kills dogs, beats women, and digs up corpses” pretty much sums it up.
Well put, well put.
Well, he’s really, really horrible to pretty much every single character in the book. Wanting revenge is one thing, but Heathcliff’s actions are positively psychotic. Just think of how he ruined Ella’s life, how he forces Catherine to marry Linton, the list goes on and on. He’s bitter and violent and abusive, and if that’s not a dealbreaker, I don’t know what to tell you.
I love Wuthering Heights!
It’s not at all the kind of love story so many people think it is (if I had a penny for every time I’ve said “no but you really, really don’t want to date Heathcliff”), but it is a stellar psychological thriller about two forces of nature colliding and the atmosphere is just great.