Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd
Review: Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Set in Victorian England. Bathsheba Everdene must choose between three very different suitors. Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Actors: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple
Year: 2015
Genre: Drama and Romance
Conclusion: 4/5
This film comes from the amazing director who directed the superb The Hunt. The screenplay in this is very good. I like the way that they keep to the main story and that it is about Bathsheba and her independence. Even though the three men are in this and have each got an important part to play it isn’t just about them. The Dorset location for this film is really beautiful. The script was brilliant.The costuming alone must have taken months just to get right. Carey Mulligan was fantastic in this and I can’t think of another actress who could have done her part so well. All of the three actors gave a fine performance.The health and safely team let Carey Mulligan ride the horse but apparently on one of the scenes she was coming round the corner and got thrown off the horse and landed on her head. Ten minutes later she suffered concussion and was like that for about 6 weeks of filming. The very last scene at the end is worth waiting for. Carey Mulligan suggested having the actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Matthew Goode was offered the part of Sergeant Troy. There is a version of Far from the Madding Crowd from 1967 staring Julie Christie but have to say that I have not actually watched it so cannot compare them both. The themes that are very much in evidence in this story is Marriage, Religion, Love, Class, Drugs and Alcohol, Pride, Gender and Man and the Natural World. 

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