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Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Far from the Madding Crowd invites tough comparisons to Thomas Hardy's classic novel -- and its previous adaptation -- but stands on its own thanks to strong direction and a talented cast.

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Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is 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. (C) Fox Searchlight
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PG-13 (for some sexuality and violence)
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Drama , Romance
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Cast

Carey Mulligan
as Bathsheba Everdene
Tom Sturridge
as Frank Troy
Matthias Schoenaerts
as Gabriel Oak
Michael Sheen
as William Boldwood
Juno Temple
as Fanny Robin
Hilton McRae
as Jacob Smallbury
Richard M. Dixon
as Boldwood's Butler
Bradley Hall
as Joseph Poorgrass
Jamie Lee-Hill
as Laban Tall
Lilian Price
as Village Girl & Ballroom Girl
Alisha Heng
as Lizzy
Chris Gallarus
as Billy Smallbury
Emma Stapleforth
as Susan Tall
Don Whistance
as Constable
David J. Fenton
as Workhouse Gatekeeper
Michael Jan Dixon
as Everdean Farmhand
Eloise Oliver
as Dancer
John Neville
as Upper class party guest
Anna Liddell
as Party Guest
Johnathon Neal
as Party Guest
Helen Evans
as Party Guest
Andrew Shepard Price
as Workhouse Official
Damien Weston
as Everdene Farm Worker
Ashley Whiteman
as Everdene Farm Worker
Constance Rose Wyatt
as Everdene Farm Worker
Gemma Stacey
as Everdene Farm Worker
Roderick Swift
as Everdene Farmer
Nicholas Parker
as Everdene Farmer
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Critic Reviews for Far From the Madding Crowd

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (44)

The movie places the swoonier love story aspects of Far From the Madding Crowd in the forefront, but it also, more interestingly, surfaces its coming-of-age qualities.

Full Review… | November 10, 2015
BuzzFeed News
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Moviegoers often say, "Forget about the book, even if it's a 'classic.' How does the film work on its own terms?" But that's the point: On its own terms, it's bewildering.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A good, solid version of this novel, guided by Mulligan, is still an achievement.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Chicago Tribune
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Vinterberg's classical, pastoral aesthetic recalls the heyday of the Merchant Ivory films, without the corny sentimentality of their lesser imitators.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Associated Press
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It's beautifully old and atmospheric without feeling dated.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Carey Mulligan is an inspired choice to play Bathsheba... She's cool and confident; we come to respect her strength and appreciate that she doesn't need a man to be complete.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Far From the Madding Crowd

½

Vinterberg tones down the melodrama of Hardy's pastoral novel to make a more sober adaptation but misses the intensity of the protagonist's misery - which is not only a fault of his off-putting direction but also because Carey Mulligan is clearly miscast in the role.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Bathsheba Everdene attempts to run an estate without the social benefits of marriage in this Thomas Hardy adaptation. Director Thomas Vinterberg may have been well aware that late nineteenth century feminism may seem passe to a modern audience, so he spends the majority of this adaptation focusing solely on character development, particularly that of Bathsheba and Gabriel. As a result, the novel's criticisms of late Victorian society take a back seat to the rather pedestrian romance, which unfolds predictably. Carey Mulligan is lovely and strong, but there's too much modern independence in her performance; we don't doubt for a moment that she has the capability of running the estate, yet for the original Bathsheba, this may have been a matter of some suspense. Matthias Schoenaerts is dreamy, and that's about all that can be said for his performance. Overall, Far from the Madding Crowd is a competent adaptation of one of a great author's lesser novels.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

Beautiful looking film is missing the lyricism of the '67 version. The loss of almost an hour's running time hurts the story. As for the performances Carey Mulligan is a more somber Bathsheba than Julie Christie was, that's not bad just different and Matthias Schoenaerts is very good as Gabriel Oak. Michael Sheen is the main sufferer, along with Juno Temple as Fanny Robin, from the editing of the story losing a great deal of character depth in Boldwood but he does what he can. Sturridge however is a disaster as Sgt. Troy, a blank slate who does things with no real rhyme nor reason. It's the actor not the role because Terence Stamp made him electric in the earlier version.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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