The adaptation is relatively faithful to the book. It captures the main issues that Hardy wanted to touch, particularly that of social hypocrisy. Props to all the actors for making their characters real, oftentimes frustrating, and yet sympathetic. Justine Waddell did a decent as the title character, but I wished the transition from her young naivete to the adult disillusion had been a little more obvious. The feisty young Tess wasn't quite how I interpreted it from the book.