Movie Review: ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’

Review by Monique Thompson

Far From The Madding Crowd is 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. (C) Fox Searchlight

In this new adaptation of the Thomas Hardy classic, Far From The Madding Crowd is the romantic story of Bathsheba and her self-determination to find love. After unexpectedly inheriting her uncle’s farm, Bathsheba much choose to accept one of three proposals from three very different and distinguished men. Her choice, the rugged sword-swinging Troy makes for an awkward pairing, which leaves the film at a pretty dry pace. As a romantic drama, more romance would be expected but there’s more lack luster moments that result in some awkward moments. However, the pro-feminism certainly out weighs the romance. With Bathsheba knowing she can have just about any bachelor of her choice, she toots her independence while still comforting and playfully wowing her suitors. Even though the romantic moments may not be the greatest, Far From The Madding Crowd is still a pretty OK film.

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