Wuthering Heights is the latest adaptation of the classic novel by Emily Bronte. The story follows a young boy who is adopted by a rich English family only to be thrown out for his ‘wildness’ and comes back to win back his love and get revenge.
Wuthering Heights has been done to death over the years, yet this version still seems pretty interesting. Heathcliff, the wild young boy is a big influence on Catherine Earnshaw, and they court through childhood. She develops a degree of wildness because of his influence, but when Mr. Earnshaw dies, the legitimate son Hindley, who hates Heathcliff, throws him out as a penniless beggar.
Heathcliff eventually owns Wuthering Heights, and he takes his revenge on the next generation after his beloved Catherine. I don’t remember every part of the story, but it’s a good one.
This version of Wuthering Heights comes from writer/director Andrea Arnold. It’s getting quite a few rave reviews for the beauty of the photography. You can really see this in the trailer. No doubt it’ll be quite the success.
Wuthering Heights Trailer
Wuthering Heights Release Date
Limited release on October 5, 2012.
Who’s In It?
James Howson … Heathcliff
Solomon Glave … Young Heathcliff
Paul Hilton … Mr. Earnshaw
Shannon Beer … Young Catherine Earnshaw
Simone Jackson … Ellen Dean
Steve Evets … Joseph
Lee Shaw … Hindley Earnshaw
Adam Lock … Pastor
Amy Wren … Frances Earnshaw
Eve Coverley … Young Isabella Linton
Jonathan Powell¹ … Young Edgar Linton
Oliver Milburn … Mr. Linton
Emma Ropner … Mrs. Linton
Richard Guy … Gamekeeper Robert
Michael Hughes … Hareton
Kaya Scodelario … Catherine Earnshaw
James Northcote … Edgar Linton
Nichola Burley … Isabella Linton
Paul Murphy … Lawyer
What’s Good About It?
I like Wuthering Heights, and the film does look gorgeous. Natalie Portman was once attached to the project, though she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. That bodes well for the film, though she’s a bigger star now, Portman was a big deal when attached, and she’s easily more famous than anyone currently in the film. The director must be pretty good.
What’s Bad About It?
It’s yet ANOTHER film based on Wuthering Heights. Whoopee.
Our Clever Prediction
I don’t think Wuthering Heights will make a whole lot of money, but I do see it having some lower level indie success, with a lot of the main players, from the actors to the writer/director being able to use it to move on to bigger and better things.