Far From the Madding Crowd
By: Jacob Fisher
Far From the Madding Crowd is an adaption of the book from Thomas Hardy. In the film, we follow Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) who’s an independent woman living in Victorian England. She’s running her own farm while overlooking all her workers but suddenly three men come across her way and takes a liking to her. The first man is Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) who’s a sheep farmer and really don’t have much money. The second man is Sergeant Francis Troy (Tom Sturridge) who’s has a successful career in the army but has a big secret he’s hiding from her. And the third man is William Boldwood (Michael Sheen) who’s older and has money and all but is very lonely. She’s is taken back by all the attention because all she ever known is independent and the idea of marrying for her is like giving it up completely. So the ultimate question is will she up with one of men who taken a liking to her or will she ends up alone but with her independence?
The first thing to say about this film is Carey Mulligan kills it in this role. It was like watching magic unfold in front of you on screen when she was in the scene. She showed so much grace and beauty that it honestly took my breath away. And that’s why I’m saying Carey Mulligan is this generation Audrey Hepburn. Matthias Schoenaerts also did an amazing job as Carey Mulligan love interest/best friend. He’s definitely somebody to keep an eye out for in future projects. With that being said the whole cast did an amazing job but Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts just stood out from the rest for me.
Another amazing thing about this movie is the cinematography. The Green rolling hills all the way down to the dramatic coastline just looked beautifully shunning. It was truly a treat for the eyes to watch.
And the score was just beautiful. With the beautifully shunning cinematograph with the fantastic performances and the beautiful score this movie was a big nice surprise.
Overall, this movie was just beautiful. Watch it if you’re given a chance and just take in the magic. I promise you you’ll be transported to another world.
5 out of 5 stars.