Review: "Far from the Madding Crowd"

Release date: May 1st, 2015 (May 7th, 2015 in the Netherlands)
Language: English
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Based on: The novel written by Thomas Hardy
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple and Michael Sheen
IMDB rating: 7,3
Rating:  4 Stars (4 / 5)

Let me sketch a scene for you! You go to the cinema with your friends after class to see the newest period drama. You are excited, like always when you go to see a new movie. You walk into the cinema and it’s completely empty. It is one of those cinema’s where the not so popular movies get viewed. The popcorn was still laying on the ground from the screening before us. When we walked over to the best seat we could find (we’re all pretty small and need a place where we don’t get any neckcramps) we saw a mouse running away to a hole under the screen. Lovely! However we were alone in the cinema, which is perfect because we could just talk to each other without troubling other people. And oh my god I’m glad we could because I really needed to get some frustrations out (in a good way though) while watching. Let me tell you all about this wonderful remake of Far from the Madding Crowd!

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. (IMDB) 

So the movie follows Bathsheba being adored by three men in her life who really want to marry her. Though I have to admit me and my friends have been rooting for Mr. Oak since the beginning of the movie, because he’s just perfect. Oh how frustrating it was that Bathsheba just couldn’t admit that she loved him too. I have to admit that the story is a bit cliché (I will not spoil you guys), especially the ending but it was all so very well executed.

The movie is perfect, although I didn’t think that till the very ending when everything fell into place for me. The story is a bit annoying cliché but perfect still. The acting was absolutely perfectly done and the actors were very well cast. The scenery was beautiful and sometimes a bit fairytale like. I’m not kidding when I say that some shots belong on National Geographic, that beautiful! I don’t have anything else to say about it really other than that you should all definitely go and watch this movie as soon as possible, and you’ll love me for telling so!

In a nutshell:
 Hell Yeah!
Loved it: Absolutely!
Re-watch: Yes definitely, with some friends at a fun movienight.
Cinema worthy: Yes, Yes and Yes!

Michelle Versluis

Michelle is reviewer at the website, specialized in films. She studies Theatre-, Film- and TV-studies at Utrecht University and prefers to fangirl over Marvel look-a-likes during college/classes. Name a series or a film and she's seen it.

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