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Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  1 May 2015 (USA)
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In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

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The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Gabriel Oak: I'm not going to tell stories just to please you. You can be sure of that.
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raw and revolutionary? no - dramatically effective? - yes
2 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an admirer of Thomas Vinterberg's powerful "The Hunt," I took him seriously when he stated before filming the new David Nicholls adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd," that his new film would be "raw and revolutionary." The result, when compared either to the two previous movie adaptations of this novel or to any other movie being made today, brings neither of those adjectives to mind, but it does manage to translate Hardy's tome to the screen with dramatic strength.

In the 1967 release (directed by John Schlesinger from a script by Frederic Raphael), panoramic shots of the Dorset landscape and vivid tableaux of mid-19th-century English rustic life were given equal, if not more, weight than the humans, often overshadowing them. (In fact, if you want "raw," the 1967 version is the one to see for the casting of the farmhands alone.) Vinterberg, in his precise way, focuses instead on the handful of humans at the core of the tale, but without ignoring the surrounding nature (there is plenty of horseback riding, baa-ing sheep, impressive scenery, a blazing barn fire, a violent rain storm, crashing ocean waves, etc). Most of the action, however, involves intimate moments between Bathsheba Everdene, the heroine (Carey Mulligan), and her the three very different men who pursue her. The shots tend to be carefully lit and framed so that the visuals summarize or comment upon the meaning or feeling of the moment, particularly at pivotal points, such as Sgt. Troy's seduction-by-swordplay, presented by Schlesinger with thunderous, sweeping, swellingly orchestrated grandiosity in high-lit open hill country, but pared down by Vinterberg (following Hardy more closely) to a quiet but unsettling series of swipes amidst the ferns of a dark primeval forest, with Bathsheba's hesitations symbolized by her half-lit face as she confronts her deep, conflicting passions.

Matthias Schoenaerts, as the stolid shepherd Gabriel Oak, is effective by mere screen presence; he barely cracks a grin throughout, but doesn't need to, so completely does his physiognomy embody his simple character. Boldwood, the middle-aged gentleman farmer next door, is played by Michael Sheen, usually the thief of any scene he's in, in in such a toned down mode as to approach invisibility, like a man who has been trying to erase himself until he is stirred by his comely neighbor. Tom Sturridge captures both the immature arrogance and the downright piteousness of Sgt. Troy, the red-uniformed soldier who steals Bathsheba's heart. The Nicholls script gives this character more to chew on than was given to Terence Stamp in Frederic Raphael's 60's adaptation. Mulligan's Bathsheba is more self- assured and cerebral than the more impetuous Julie Christie was all those decades ago.

One unconvincing bit: When Oak intervenes to put out a rapidly spreading fire, it seems that all he has to do is chip away at a single spot on the barn roof and a fire which had been raging out of control in multiple locations is suddenly over. Beggars belief!

The film begins to drag at the three-quarter point after Bathsheba's disillusionment with suitor number three (Troy). There is little left to explore among the lead characters and we can only fidget until the inevitable ending (the specifics of which I won't reveal) which is executed with touching and admirable simplicity.


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