Friday night I was wild and crazy. I set up the portable DVD player in the kitchen and watched this movie while I prepped and cleaned up dinner.
It was revolutionary. Not the movie. The watching while washing dishes–that was revolutionary. Since I was multi-tasking, I grabbed an index card on which to scratch down some notes to share with you. These are by no means exhaustive. Fellow Blogger Christina and her husband also watched the movie. I hope they’ll add in the comments anything vital that I forgot.
- Clym sees Eustacia magically on the heath the 1st day he comes home. I say magically because she appears out of the mist with a white horse. Eustacia is played by Catherine Zeta-Jones
- Charlie does indeed hold E’s hand in exchange for her playing his part of the Turkish knight.
- Clym recognizes Eustacia in the costume and the whole bucket in the well thing is skipped.
- All attend Thomasin and Wildeve’s wedding. At the wedding Susan Nunsuch stabs Eustacia with a pin during the service. The wax figure of E is skipped, instead Susan burns a ribbon (we assume it’s E’s).
- There is no gambling scene between Christian Cantle and Wildeve. Or between Wildeve and Diggory Venn.
- There is no snake. Mrs. Yeobright keels over on the walk back to her home.
- Eustacia immediately confesses to Clym that she did not open the door for her MIL because she thought he had.
- The movie gave me the impression that Eustacia jumped into the water. Thomasin, Clym. Wildeve, and the Reddleman were all there watching. First she’s on the bridge, then she’s not.
- The Reddleman’s love for Thomasin is downplayed. The movie does end with their marriage. Thomasin does not have a child.
- The heath is not out to get everyone.
It was not my favorite rendition of the story. I missed the force of the heath. Sure the book was dark and depressing with the heath killing off folks left and right, but if you are going to make a movie version of a classic–do it right! Stay true to the story!