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  • Summary: Independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) 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 BoldwoodIndependent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) 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. Thomas Hardy's 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. [Fox Searchlight] Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
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  1. Reviewed by: Graham Fuller
    May 1, 2015
    100
    Director Thomas Vinterberg’s romantic rollercoaster honors Hardy’s rustic vibe. Remarkably, too, he’s made a thoroughly modern film anyone can relate to — it’s like a “what a woman wants” discussion set in Victorian times. It’s also an instant classic.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 13, 2015
    83
    The movie is as quietly assured as its heroine, Bathsheba Everdene, gracefully played by Carey Mulligan.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 1, 2015
    80
    It’s a wholly respectable adaptation, though perhaps a flash or two more of wildness wouldn’t have gone amiss.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 29, 2015
    75
    Its virtues are many and this filmed version of Hardy’s fourth novel is well worth seeing. It rises head and shoulders above most of what we’ve been seeing lately.
  5. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    May 1, 2015
    75
    Whether his film is lush or rolling in the muck, it always has a tactile quality that makes it accessible, which is also true of the performances from his (mostly) well-chosen cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Apr 2, 2015
    70
    Given the challenge of solving a problem like Bathsheba, Mulligan succeeds, more than Christie did, in providing an answer.
  7. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Apr 30, 2015
    40
    Far From the Madding Crowd will no doubt captivate future generations of tenth-graders who couldn’t be bothered to read the book, but it flattens the complex characters and grand scope of Hardy’s novel into an airless and overly truncated CliffsNotes version.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 7, 2015
    9
    Engrossing update of Thomas Hardy’s classic book, this pared down version by director Thomas Vinterberg is nearly three quarters of an hourEngrossing update of Thomas Hardy’s classic book, this pared down version by director Thomas Vinterberg is nearly three quarters of an hour shorter than Schlesinger’s flawed epic made in 1967. Comparisons to the earlier film are inevitable, but the good news is that there is room for both. The 1967 version spent much time evoking period and place, whereas here for much of the time Vinterberg keeps his camera in close on the people creating a more intimate and, it could be argued, less ambitious film. Gone are the longeurs of the previous version. This screenplay adaptation is lean and economical in the telling, propelling what is essentially a very good story forward with the minimum of fuss, but to maximum effect. The acting in both films is very good. Carey Mulligan aces Julie Christie’s more flirtatious and frivolous Bathsheba by playing the part in a more level headed manner. However, when her head is turned by the unsuitable young soldier her subsequent actions seem be more in keeping with Christie’s playing of the character than Mulligan’s. Of the men there is not much to choose between Peter Finch and Michael Sheen, respectively as farmer Boldwood, the desperate and obsessed middle aged neighbour and suitor. Likewise Terence Stamp and Tom Sturridge as the aforementioned soldier Troy, who finally weds Bathsheba whilst being the least suitable suitor for her. Only Mathias Schoenaerts as the shepherd Gabriel doesn’t bear comparison to the earlier incarnation of the character then played by Alan Bates. Whilst looking every inch the part Schoenaerts comes over as one dimensional, strangely lacking any of the screen charisma that he has brought in abundance to his foreign language roles.
    Vinterberg directs with a sure hand and the film never panders to its audience. A lot of what is happening is subtly introduced often via a look, a gesture or other nuances. The period feel is perfect often evoking pleasant memories of Schlesinger’s film whilst retaining a strong identity of its own. The editing keeps the story fluid and concise and although the score is lovely at times it’s also inevitably disappointing. This is due to the fact that the music being used in the trailer, from the 1987 film ‘Maurice’, is a lot lusher and more sweepingly romantic than the score finally recorded. Still, In an age of unnecessary remakes it is good to report that here we have one that works beautifully. The two films can co- exist and, indeed, compliment each other.
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  2. May 15, 2015
    8
    A largely faithful and beautifully produced adaptation of the classic Thomas Hardy novel, with great period piece production values, gorgeousA largely faithful and beautifully produced adaptation of the classic Thomas Hardy novel, with great period piece production values, gorgeous cinematography and fine performances across the board. Those who ordinarily might care for such fare are likely to find a captivating and thoroughly entertaining offering in this release, thanks to the skillful direction of filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. It's not too early to start thinking about potential awards consideration, either, particularly for Carey Mulligan's impressive portrayal of the feisty heroine. A smart viewing choice all the way around. Expand
  3. May 4, 2015
    8
    Ill be complettely honest with you, i went into the wrong theatre. I originally intended to go see Paul Blart mall cop 2, and it took a goodIll be complettely honest with you, i went into the wrong theatre. I originally intended to go see Paul Blart mall cop 2, and it took a good 20 minutes of intense sheperding and sheep suicide to make me question what film i was watching. Nevertheless i stayed anyway, though the place was filled with middle aged women, lustily groping at their filthy imaginations. Ifound that Far from the Madding crowd is a film about women. That sums it up nicely. Though there are technically more men in the lead roles, Bathshuba Everdeen Mall cop effectively overshadows the rest from the get go. But this fall apart toward then end when she eventually becomes tamed and end up marrying the shepard. (Which i doubt anyone saw coming, it was a complete surprise)

    Anyway, the movie itself was fine. I enjoyed it to some degree, apart from the soldier boy's moustache which made me develop a fear of catterpilars for some reason. I found myself both aroused and pleased at the same time overall, though i would rather have seen Paul Blart running around as a fat security man.
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  4. May 16, 2015
    8
    Carey Mulligan plays Thomas Hardy's headstrong heroine, who inherits a farm, struggles to maintain her independence and juggle the affectionsCarey Mulligan plays Thomas Hardy's headstrong heroine, who inherits a farm, struggles to maintain her independence and juggle the affections of 3 men (Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge & Michael Sheen). The characters are all captivating, thanks to engaging performances from Mulligan and her 3 suitors. This adaptation keeps the events happening with a modern pace with lovely locations and beautiful cinematography that add to the richness of the story. It's undeniably a romantic period chick flick, but one that director Thomas Vinterberg creates with muted passion and rich storytelling skills. Expand
  5. May 8, 2015
    7
    Is it fair to judge a film against 5 previous productions of the film? Or a TV version? Or the classic book it is based on? This review isIs it fair to judge a film against 5 previous productions of the film? Or a TV version? Or the classic book it is based on? This review is based solely on the 2015 movie production of “Far From The Madding Crowd”.

    Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, a young lady in 1874 who is an independent thinker, even before she becomes independently wealthy with the death of her aunt inheriting a rich farm, being pursued by three men.

    The first man in her life, Matthias Schoenaerts, who proposes marriage and she turns down, is Gabriel, a virile looking acting man who owns a farm which he soon loses and goes to work for Bathsheba. In spite of her turning him down he remains loyal to her always ready to help when she needs help. Her second proposal comes from William, played by Michael Sheen, a wealthy farmer, an older man who offers her security while the third, Tom Sturridge, playing ‘bad boy’ Army man Troy , on the rebound from losing a woman he loves, Juno Temple, playing Fanny Robin, who went to the wrong church on the day of her marriage leaving the soldier high and dry.

    The film reaches for an epic feeling, but falls short, with the musical score sometimes overpowering a scene and at other times the photography of the beauty of Dorset, England, make it hard to listen to the dialogue of the screenplay’s David Nicholls, based on the Thomas Hardy novel. Where the director, Thomas Vinterberg, and Nicholls, fails the fine performances by the actors is not giving them enough explanation and depth for events that take place.

    One disturbing aspect is the make-up department’s failing at certain points. For example when the beauty of Bathsheba is talked about and there is a close up of her face she obviously has a ‘growth’, maybe a pimple, on the top part of her nose that comes and goes from scene to scene and is obvious enough to be talked noticed.

    “Far From The Madding Crowd” has some good acting, gives a feeling of the place and time that the story takes place, certainly captures the beauty of the country side, but just stops short of getting the film-goer pulled into the story.
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  6. May 3, 2015
    7
    Few adaptations from the Victoria era of England feature such a noble woman--as an employer who is both respectable and endearing. TogetherFew adaptations from the Victoria era of England feature such a noble woman--as an employer who is both respectable and endearing. Together with a remarkable cast, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg creates a deeply moving romance which transcends the typical clichés of British period pieces filmed today. Expand
  7. May 3, 2015
    3
    Hardy’s “Madding” begins as a smart Taming of Bathsheba but ends a baa'd Fifty Shades of Hay - as feminist turns to fool. Men - Gabriel - aHardy’s “Madding” begins as a smart Taming of Bathsheba but ends a baa'd Fifty Shades of Hay - as feminist turns to fool. Men - Gabriel - a sheep farmer whose flock goes a stray- William- a loner with wealth - and Frank- a soldier with a wandering sword- fall at her feet but this virgin gal fights for equal pay, free choice and independence until her private parts cause a brain fart. Far from a frenzy - one loses all respect for our heroine by the final frame when her life’s fate is sealed with a kiss. Expand

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