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Wuthering Heights (15) Emily Bront's 1847 gothic romance/horror novel reaches the silver screen again, with director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) attempting to prove that less script is more.

Unfortunately, in this instance, less is less.

As successive adaptations have proved, the novel's complex themes have always been too much for the cinema to fully embrace compared with a mini-series, so stripping down the script to an almost skeletal state is not the obvious way to move forward.

Where's the dangerous passion and emotion which has kept the book alive down the generations for so long? The cast is young and mostly untrained and the foul, racist language is probably not what most fans of the book want to hear as a homeless young black boy called Heathcliff (Solomon Glave) is taken in by Yorkshire hill farmer Mr Earnshaw (Paul Hilton).

Heathcliff then becomes obsessed with the farmer's daughter Cathy (Shannon Beer) but is abused by her brother Hindley (Lee Shaw).

The older version of the couple are later represented less engagingly by James Howson and Kaya Scodelario as the mood darkens.

Sometimes resembling an amazingly bleak, Winter's Bone-style western set on the moors, Arnold's ultra-dark tones earned Robbie Ryan the Venice Film Festival cinematography prize in September. But to cut the script, foul it up to 15 certificate level and then extend the natural cinema running time by half an hour represents a catalogue of mistakes from a director whose appetite for depicting cruelty at this level will have dog lovers in tears.Graham Young The Top 10 1 (1) The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn 2 (-) In Time 3 (-) Tower Heist 4 (3) Johnny English Reborn 5 (2) Paranormal Activity 3 6 (7) The Help 7 (4) Contagion 8 (6) The Ides Of March 9 (5) The Lion King 3D 10 (-) Machine Gun Preacher? Chart courtesy of Cineworld Cinemas:
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 11, 2011
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