Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Bathsheba Everdene, attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, 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.
Such a frustrating disappointment
Great movie. Not sure what people expected but I found it highly entertaining.
The thing I enjoyed most about the film is the fact that it doesn't shy away from being a super-sized-cliche;
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
As a huge Hardy fan, I thought this adaption of one of his most popular (and accessible) novels was pretty much faultless. I've noticed a trend with movies over the last few years to roughen up the nineteenth century, to make the characters more naturalistic and it works exceptionally well here. The characters look entirely at home and realistic in their setting and the film is as much a tribute to a vanished, rural world as it is to love. More so, perhaps. Although the adaptation makes Gabriel and Bathsheba's relationship more romantic than it was in the novel (his iconically unromantic line "whenever I look up..." was left out), it is nevertheless not the main delight of this film for me. This movie wonderfully recreates rural life in Dorset, and created a surge of nostalgia about the vanished rhythms of farming life. I highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys nineteenth century novels, but also to any romantics out there because, of course, Gabriel and Bathsheba's story is heartrending and delightful at the same time.
Having now seen this twice,I feel this adaptation could have been so much more. Let's start with the good points; cinematography is beautiful, the countryside has never looked more stunning, makes me want to visit it more often. The actors are on form - Sheen really delivers,the part of Liddy is also worth noting. The music is also good and doesn't impose.Now the bad, it felt as if the director picked the main bits of the book that he remembered from class and packed them into the film. The atmosphere and build up is definitely missing. I think half an hour more could have added more and given it the payoff that it deserved. In short it ended up being a late Sunday evening affair that should be on a TV screen rather than cinema.
Diane and I watched this engrossing anð captivating movie version of a book that she had read in high school; obviously, we viewed the film at her behest because I avoided the book when it when it appeared on my reading list in my lower class.I mention all of this background to give the readers, such as they may be an idea of why I rated the film as a Ten. I did so because I thought, as well as Diane, that it was a superbly moving film that the Director had rather meticulously adapted from an older book into a faultless adaptation as a brilliant movie.I was unfamiliar with the story in any way so the entire unfolding of the beautiful film was completely new to my philistine ways. The film followed the story line of the book in a journeyman like manner but in a precisely soft adaptation of the book's story line. The dialogue was never arrant or off-putting. In short, it was a wonderful movie that could easily be viewed on several occasions.
Watch the GREAT BBC adaptation of the Hardy book. This is a waste of time. Sturridge is particularly bad and miscast as Sgt. Troy. Jonathan Firth, the brother of Colin Firth (King's Speech, Pride and Prejudice), is a much better Sgt. Troy. The BBC miniseries had the time to fully lay out the plot and address the intricacies of the book. This version is like reading bad cliff notes. The dark atmosphere is also all wrong. You don't get a sense of the gritty yet vibrant everyday life surrounding the characters. Farmer Oak (sturdy as an oak) is just a love sick calf in this film. In the BBC series, you see a subtlety in the performance and not a depressing dogged joyless devotion to a women who can't make up her mind. The BBC version also shows you Bathsheba's caring relationship with the town folks who depend on her for their livelihood. You see how and why she becomes so devoted to them and how their lives are intertwined. Accordingly, you understand why her marriage to Sgt. Troy is a disaster beyond her own story and so poignant. The one thing that makes this film bearable is the performance of Michael Sheen. He is simply superb. In the BBC version, the actor played Boldwood as a raving lunatic. It is all wrong. Sheen's performance gave you compassion for the character and displayed the depth and pathos of his devotion and unrequited love for Bathsheba. He is a much better actor than the man who played him in the BBC series In fact, Sheen's performance is the only reason to watch this mediocrity.