Far From the Madding Crowd Reviews

  • Jan 04, 2021

    I enjoyed the 2015 remake more.

    I enjoyed the 2015 remake more.

  • Dec 04, 2020

    Far From the Madding Crowd is an example of an idea that looks good on paper, but doesn't translate to the screen. The film is a three-hour melodrama masquerading as a character study, which has only four major characters but somehow only really adds complexity to one of them, Troy's Stamp, who maintains colorful character, emotional intensity, and conflicting passions. In contrast, Christie's Bathsheba is simply "the independently-minded woman", Finch's Boldwood is "the repressed gentleman", and Bates' Gabriel is "the honest, patient farmer" who eventually wins out by doing virtually nothing and simply outlasting the other two. The film goes off on long tangents where it often forgets that certain characters exist, but does compensate somewhat with on-location shooting and quality costumes. If you like excessively long romantic period films that exist more to satisfy a passion for drama than to create a sense of sincerity, this may still satisfy your craving for a while, but to me this is a lesser attempt in the sea of midcentury epics. (2.5/5)

    Far From the Madding Crowd is an example of an idea that looks good on paper, but doesn't translate to the screen. The film is a three-hour melodrama masquerading as a character study, which has only four major characters but somehow only really adds complexity to one of them, Troy's Stamp, who maintains colorful character, emotional intensity, and conflicting passions. In contrast, Christie's Bathsheba is simply "the independently-minded woman", Finch's Boldwood is "the repressed gentleman", and Bates' Gabriel is "the honest, patient farmer" who eventually wins out by doing virtually nothing and simply outlasting the other two. The film goes off on long tangents where it often forgets that certain characters exist, but does compensate somewhat with on-location shooting and quality costumes. If you like excessively long romantic period films that exist more to satisfy a passion for drama than to create a sense of sincerity, this may still satisfy your craving for a while, but to me this is a lesser attempt in the sea of midcentury epics. (2.5/5)

  • Jul 18, 2020

    Not at all interesting.

    Not at all interesting.

  • Mar 05, 2020

    This film struggled with what it wanted to be. It had its moments, but it could have cut an hour from it and been much better.

    This film struggled with what it wanted to be. It had its moments, but it could have cut an hour from it and been much better.

  • Jun 12, 2017

    Great acting, true to the original story, beautiful.

    Great acting, true to the original story, beautiful.

  • Sep 06, 2016

    3.5 out of 5 stars Characters come alive in this version of Hardy's classic; the all-star cast does not disappoint. The cinematography is nice and themes are clearly expressed, but the ending is abrupt and unfulfilling. What it lacks is a convincing development of the Bathsheba-Gabriel friendship. There are too many long gaps between the scenes in which they are together that the build loses its momentum. It's too bad since both the Bathsheba-Troy and Bathsheba-Boldwood storylines are beautifully and fully handled.

    3.5 out of 5 stars Characters come alive in this version of Hardy's classic; the all-star cast does not disappoint. The cinematography is nice and themes are clearly expressed, but the ending is abrupt and unfulfilling. What it lacks is a convincing development of the Bathsheba-Gabriel friendship. There are too many long gaps between the scenes in which they are together that the build loses its momentum. It's too bad since both the Bathsheba-Troy and Bathsheba-Boldwood storylines are beautifully and fully handled.

  • Feb 04, 2016

    Though the "story" may appear slow at times, overall it is well-paced. Sympathetic character study of Bethsheba Everdene and a glorious recreation of English country life and society around 1860s, or how we imagine it. All four main actors are superb but especially Christie whose character never loses our sympathy even when she makes poor decisions that have drastic repercussions for everyone.

    Though the "story" may appear slow at times, overall it is well-paced. Sympathetic character study of Bethsheba Everdene and a glorious recreation of English country life and society around 1860s, or how we imagine it. All four main actors are superb but especially Christie whose character never loses our sympathy even when she makes poor decisions that have drastic repercussions for everyone.

  • Jan 07, 2016

    Schlesingers filmatisering af Thomas Hardys biedermeier-melodrama, smukt fotograferet af Nicholas Roeg med en vidunderlig Julie Christie i hovedrollen som den viljestærke Batsheba Everdene, er en fryd for øjet og efter sigende meget tro mod bogen, der skildrer en tid med stive skikke, som det er svært at relatere til i dag, men følelserne forstår vi. Har ikke set Vinterbergs nye udgave, så kan endnu ikke drage sammenligninger.

    Schlesingers filmatisering af Thomas Hardys biedermeier-melodrama, smukt fotograferet af Nicholas Roeg med en vidunderlig Julie Christie i hovedrollen som den viljestærke Batsheba Everdene, er en fryd for øjet og efter sigende meget tro mod bogen, der skildrer en tid med stive skikke, som det er svært at relatere til i dag, men følelserne forstår vi. Har ikke set Vinterbergs nye udgave, så kan endnu ikke drage sammenligninger.

  • Nov 23, 2015

    Besides lavishly filmed and romantically scored, this adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel about a young woman's coming-of-age love story with three men is barely an unforgettable Victorian classic.

    Besides lavishly filmed and romantically scored, this adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel about a young woman's coming-of-age love story with three men is barely an unforgettable Victorian classic.

  • Carlos M Super Reviewer
    Nov 14, 2015

    A very faithful adaptation that may not be a memorable classic but translates well the essence of Hardy's novel into a concise narrative that benefits from a uniformly perfect cast and takes its time to tell what it needs without rush, despite the rather hasty ending.

    A very faithful adaptation that may not be a memorable classic but translates well the essence of Hardy's novel into a concise narrative that benefits from a uniformly perfect cast and takes its time to tell what it needs without rush, despite the rather hasty ending.