Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Book Turned Movie {1} - Wuthering Heights' New Movie Adaptation Revealed

Director Andrea Arnold has finally unveiled her version of the classic Wuthering Heights during the Venice Film Festival - a raw and frill-free adaptation that will have the purest of Brontë's fans on their toes.

Arnold has definitely had some controversy over the fact that she not only had a cast full of first-timers and the use of some words Brontë herself might have been shy to even consider, but she also gave the classic novel a new zing by turning the famous Heathcliff into a black runaway slave rather than a gypsy. While the film concentrates in racial rather than the original novel's class issues, critics believe it has not done the book any disservice. As a matter of fact, the criticism was focused on the acting or lack of chemistry in between the two leads (You might recognize Cathy, played by Kaya Scodelario, from the TV series Skins) rather than Arnold's gritty take on the novel.

Are you a fan of the book? Did you like any of the movie adaptations? What do you think of this one?

Read The Guardian's review of this movie here.

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