With Wuthering Heights
, British writer/director Andrea Arnold attempts to give Emily Brontë’s seminal 1847 novel a fresh spin. In lieu of bringing Heathcliff and Cathy into contemporary times as one might nominally expect from this intention, Arnold preserves the period setting but captures the action in an unusual style -- with a noticeable absence of artificial light, copious usage of handheld camerawork, and occasional first-person shots taken from Heathcliff’s perspective. This was a wise decision, arguably a masterstroke. Within Arnold’s stylistic framework, the characters, the rugged moors beneath imposing skies, and the age-hewn interiors from Brontë’s ...