Flash Movie Review: Far from the Madding Crowd

Is it possible reality TV is killing romance? Though I have never seen any of the shows that deal with bachelors, wife swapping or housewives; I am aware of them simply when their antics make the news or at least what the major news outlets consider newsworthy. It seems to me that the formation of these relationships are portrayed to show either a financial gain or notoriety. From the little snippets I have heard about these television shows I have to wonder how love played a part in their relationships and marriages. With everyday people, I have noticed there are some who get together for many reasons that do not have anything to do with love. Some of the things I have heard were things like: He has a good credit rating, they know how to drink, she is a good cook or their family is wealthy. To me love is waking up with that person who makes your heart beat faster; who may have sour breath that instead of smelling like road kill it reminds you of the lovely dinner you two shared the night before, as your feet were intertwined under the table. Throughout history I know there were marriages arranged to combine lands or solidify power between families; it did not matter if the prospective bride and groom did not love each other. There was not the option for either one to refuse the offer. This is the very reason why I was immediately attracted to the main character in this movie.    BEING the sole inheritor of her uncle’s estate Bathsheba Everdene, played by Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Drive), attracted 3 men who could not have been more different from each other if they had tried. However Bathsheba did not need a man to complete herself. This dramatic film based on Thomas Hardy’s (Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Greenwood Tree) novel was steeped in old world sensibilities but with a fresh feel that the cast brought to the screen. I find Carey to be a classic, intelligent actress who can do almost anything and here she was perfect. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, The Drop) as Gabriel Oak, Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris, Kingdom of Heaven) as William Boldwood and Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio, On the Road) as Sergeant Francis Troy were a wonderful compliment to Carey. I enjoyed the sets and outdoor scenes with there wide expanses; the whole film had a well-done masterly look that was refreshing to me. There were a few parts where I felt I was missing something as if the writers had to cut parts out to move the story along. Maybe they would have been clearer if the book had been read first. This refreshing film about love and relationships could easily be relatable with current times.


3 stars


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 15, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I’m not a sappy movie person..but I really liked this film. I thought it was beautiful and loved the twists & turns. Good review!!! 😀

  2. I have a friend in England who saw this recently and liked it so much I immediately wanted to see it myself, but couldn’t find it playing in my area in NC. Hopefully it will show up soon. I appreciated adding your review to the feedback she gave me. Thanks.

  3. p.s. I saw the old version of this yrs ago and enjoyed it. I wonder how critics would rate/compare the two.

  4. My favorite Hardy novel is ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ (which reminds me that I’ve yet to see ‘The Claim’) and I would much rather a straight adaptation of that novel than another version of FFTMC. My problem has always been that I don’t warm to any of the characters except for poor Fanny Robin. She’s the one I want to know more about. I will probably see this movie at some point but I’m in no hurry to do so.

  5. Reblogged this on parolechesisussurrano and commented:
    Ne ho visto il trailer, se pur in lingua originale, che io non capisco, credo sarà un gran bel film. Ben tre rivisitazioni con questa, speriamo di vederlo al cinema.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by to leave your comments. I barely remember the previous version of this film with Julie Christy. When I have time, I am going to try and view it again. I hope you get to see this version and I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on it afterwards.

  6. Have seen a version more than thirty, perhaps thirty five, years back. Look fwd to seeing the new version. Not yet released here, in India, though.

  7. I watched it today. It was a good movie with a good flow, great dialogues of course and good locations. I like the actors all fitted to the role. It was definitely a 3stars. Btw, I haven’t read the novel, else I’m hardly appreciating movies after the book.

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