There are certain books that Hollywood will go to when looking for what might seem to be an easy project to produce. One of these books is Wuthering Heights.
There have been a number of adaptions of the book, for both the big and small screen over the years. Today I’m going to talk about two of them, which I think are the best adaptations.
Cast: Cathy/Catherine (Juliette Binoche), Heathcliff (Ralph Fiennes) and Ellen (Janet McTeer)
- Pro’s: This is a beautiful adaptation. Filmed on location in Yorkshire, this movie has the perfect cast. The plot of the book remains unaltered. I love the fact that instead hiring another actress to play Cathy, Juliette Binoche, plays both mother and daughter. Ralph Fiennes has this rabid, animal like sexuality that comes through the screen.
- Cons: None
Cast: Cathy (Charlotte Riley), Heathcliff (Tom Hardy) and Ellen (Sarah Lacashire)
- Pro’s: Again, the producers choose to film on location in Yorkshire. Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley have this enigmatic, powerful chemistry as the doomed lovers. (Does it also help that, according to IMDB, they are together off screen as well as on screen?) All in all, this is just a well done adaptation.
- Cons: The screenwriters did some re-arranging of some parts of the novel. But other than that, I cannot think of any cons.
And the winner is….I’ll put it this way. I prefer the 1992 movie, but someone else may prefer the 2009 mini series.