Movie spotlight: Plummer in 'Barrymore'

  • by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2012 - 3:01 PM

Andrea Arnold's radical take on "Wuthering Heights" (★★★, unrated) chills like a fogbound moor and stings like brambles. Arnold drastically pares back dialogue and exposition, telling the classic tale of passion and revenge with probing, harshly sensual camera work and a minimum of sentimentality. Where the novel's Heathcliff was dark, Arnold's is black, a twist that deepens his sense of tragic isolation and vengeful resentment. James Howson is compelling in the role, and Kaya Scodelario makes Catherine's aching love for this damaged, angry man as raw as a wound. If you insist on word-for-word fidelity, stay far, far away.

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