The story is just as melodramatic, unattractive, and questionable as the book it's based on. Thankfully, the great production values this film boasts lift it from its dreary source material. Gregg Toland's cinematography is genius, and watching him work in this film was a revolution in the way I think about his contributions to Citizen Kane. So many elements of the film were there already. Olivier and Robson turn in some fantastic performances that elevate the film as well, but sadly Oberon and Niven are dull and unbelievable. I'm glad the studio made the intelligent decision of only filming about half of the book, since the other half is even more uninteresting than the first. Despite the flaws in the film and my strong feeling's about Bronte's book, Wyler's film was a riveting and compelling film even with its flaws.