Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (1992) - peter kosminsky

Wuthering Heights is a book l have never got around to reading, and as l had not seen any other films of the book, l came to this with only a very vague idea of what it was about, most of which l had gleaned from various sources over the years, (but mainly from the Kate Bush song). Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (to give it its full title) stars Ralph Fiennes (Heathcliff) and Juliett Binoche (Cathy) as the two lovers pulled apart by their upbringing.  Heathcliff is a young scamp who had been rescued from Liverpool and taken into the Earnshaw  household, where he meets and falls in love with Cathy. Sadly for him, as she is pulled further away from him as he gets older, he grows steadily embittered. When he overhears her say she is to marry another (Edgar Linton), he takes off, only to return years later, stinking rich, and out to exact revenge on all who he feels betrayed him (including the children).  There's some great shots of the moors, and Fiennes is strikingly good looking and moody (great eyes!), but much as l like Binoche in other movies ('3 Colours Blue','The English Patient'), her portrayal of Cathy just irritated me for most of the film, and l didn't find her likeable at all (which kind of spoiled it). Maybe it is aimed more for the laydeees (but in which case l should have liked it more).  Look out for a brief appearance by Sinead O'Connor at the end as Emily Brontë herself.  I now consider myself an expert on the book (although l still haven't read it).

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