Friday, June 12, 2015

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
Screenplay by: David Nicholls
Based on novel by: Thomas Hardy
-Drama, Historical, Romance

Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene
Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel Oak

My rating: 4.5

Per imdb:
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Neat-o trivia bits from imdb:

-There is a scene in a market with a poster in the background announcing the news in Casterbridge which is a reference to another Thomas Hardy novel, "The Mayor of Casterbridge".

-The movie's title is derived from a poem 'Elegy written in a Country Churchyard' by the poet Thomas Grey.

-The song sung by Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen in the film is "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme," a traditional British and Irish folk ballad.


My two-bits:

The initial draw for me to see this was for costumes, setting and location. Loved this film for all.

Farm life and the daily routines of it is beautifully portrayed in the background of a love triangle tale.

Unlike the grandeur of ballroom settings and city life in London, this story takes you mostly outdoors in the country. The brightness and colors of all the outdoor scenes bring about the feeling of fresh and crisp England air.

Oh, the sheep! One scene with them is memorable and just really grips at the heart.


GET familiar with the original...

Far from the Madding Crowd
by Thomas Hardy
Amazon | Goodreads

In Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success, independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. One of his first works set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex, Hardy’s novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.


* image source for sheep

* part of my Armchair Summer Travel (details) - check it out to enter Armchair Summer Travel Book Box Giveaway

* made me want to visit country? England - YES


  1. Both book and movie need my attention. I've seen the Mayor of Castorbridge and had the old version on my list.

    Glad the movie was good.

  2. I must watch and read this. :)

  3. Going to Amazon for the book now .... definitely want to check out the movie too!

  4. Sounds like a book and movie I'd really enjoy. Thanks for the post.
    Carol L
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