"I think anyone who complains that the film has no 'character development' or emotion is missing the point; the bleak, harsh landscape of the moors is a reflection of the silent, lonely and taciturn souls who inhabit it. And the atmospheric stormy nights (which do get a bit too frequent by the end), represent this elemental longing and in time, callouness of the characters' behaviour. So the lack of dialogue was something I found intriguing, particularly in the first half of the film where we're focussing on Heathcliff's alienation and his longing for Cathy (who is very well played by the young actress). Similarly, it's nice to see a 'period' film not in thrall to costumes, pretty houses and pompous language; this was a warts-and-all, muddy and believable depiction of country life in the early 19th century. The second half of the film does have flaws (the older Cathy is particularly poorly acted), but even then I found Hindley's pathetic degeneration, and Heathcliff's wildly wavering treatment of Isabella, always a substitute for Cathy, an ineresting spectacle. The flashbacks were too frequent (especially as they were all just copy and pasted shots from the first half of the film), but other than that the film was an intriguing adaptation of a similarly strange and complicated book."