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Wuthering Heights

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Excellent romantic period piece

Ralph Feinnes definitely made an impression on me in this film. His eyes, his voice... what a great performance. Juliette Binoche is always a treat and she doesn't disappoint. For those who love romantic period pieces, you are sure to love this. This Heathcliffe wil...
Ralph Feinnes definitely made an impression on me in this film. His eyes, his voice... what a great performance. Juliette Binoche is always a treat and she doesn't disappoint. For those who love romantic period pieces, you are sure to love this. This Heathcliffe will haunt your memory and your heart.

posted by Anonymous on April 22, 2004

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Travesty of a Classic Novel

It's hard to put your finger on precisely what went wrong here. Taken individually, all the right ingredients are present: the usually excellent Ralph Fiennes, a sweeping score from Ryuichi Sakamoto, the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, Janet McTeer at the...
It's hard to put your finger on precisely what went wrong here. Taken individually, all the right ingredients are present: the usually excellent Ralph Fiennes, a sweeping score from Ryuichi Sakamoto, the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, Janet McTeer at the top of her form, Jeremy Northam ... the list is almost endless. Somehow, however, it fails to gel. It doesn't help that the script appears to have been written like a game of consequences - it doesn't hang together. Chunks of original quotation from the novel are lashed together with dialogue which is, at best, banal and at worst toe-curlingly embarrassing. Ralph Fiennes never really gets to grips with Heathcliff - although that may be more the fault of the direction and the script than his acting. It isn't Juliette Binoche's fault that she has a french accent, but its presence is seriously distracting - and who on earth thought it was a good idea to have her playing BOTH Cathys? The younger Cathy is so plainly the older Cathy in a blonde wig that it's farcical - although not QUITE as farcical as Sinead O'Connor yomping across the moors pretending to be Emily Bronte herself. The icing on the cake is the Mickey Mouse House. It genuinely looks as if it was dreamed up by the Disney Corporation. You expect Tinkerbell to emerge from the tower at any moment ... The whole film gives the impression of having been knocked together by someone with too big a budget and too little idea of what to do with it. Although the whole book has been filmed, it's a travesty. Don't waste your money on this unless you're a serious Fiennes groupie.

posted by Anonymous on May 5, 2003

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A disappointing and condensed version of the novel.

    This film is but a branch of the tree that is the novel Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte must be turning over in her grave at this adaptation...the film rushes through the story, deleting whole sections of the book, with no character development and none of the heart-wrenching emotions that are evoked in the book. I'm going to have to read the book again just to get this disappointing film out of my head.

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