Whenever I am faced with a film adaptation of a novel I know well, I
play an impossible game which involves trying to imagine what someone
would make of the film who knows nothing at all of the novel –
nor, for good measure, of the author either. So: what would ‘someone’
have been thinking as they left the cinema after watching Michael
Winterbottom’s 1996 version of Jude the Obscure – the film Jude,
starring Christopher Ecclestone, Kate Winslet and Rachel Griffiths?