Far From The Madding Crowd

Posted on May 24, 2015

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Far From The Madding Crowd – Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, you know this was written by a man when Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) says “If I were to marry, I’d want someone to tame me.” Set in 1870 Dorset, England, after Ms. Everdene inherits her uncle’s large estate, she has men proposing to her at the drop of a hat. Not that she isn’t quite fetching and clever as well as having newly acquired wealth.

The three men vying for her affections are Sgt. Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge) who, alas, is really in love with another more beautiful woman (Juno Temple); older, successful farmer William Boldwell (Martin Sheen), and shepherd Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts). Naturally she goes for bad boy Troy. He has a way with a sword.

It’s somewhat slow-paced which gives you a chance to appreciate the big, beautiful open farm land. Ms. Mulligan is pretty good in this free-spirited role. I especially liked Liddy, played by Jessica Barden. Be sure to keep an eye on the dog “young George” at the beginning of the movie.

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Posted in: May 2015, Romance