Film Review: Far From The Madding Crowd

Far From The Madding Crowd

Far From The Madding Crowd is based on the work of Thomas Hardy.

Far From The Madding Crowd is a tale of the independent, strong minded, resourceful, and beautiful Bathsheba Everdene played by Carey Mulligan. The film follows Bathsheba’s attempts of finding a man to tame her. It explores the nature of relationships and love, along with the ability to overcome hardship through perseverance. Bathsheba is a strong character, played beautifully by Carey Milligan. She is a true symbol of strength, and a force of nature whose constant struggle is to show that she is a capable individual, more so, a capable woman, who can thrive in a man’s world.

“It is my intention to astonish  you all.” 

Her beauty and spirit entices three suitors – the sheep farmer, Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), captivated by her perseverance and determination; the well-to-do businessman and bachelor, William Boldwood (Michael Sheen); and the handsome and resourceful Sergeant, Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge).

The storyline somewhat revolves around the ‘will she, won’t she’ get with Gabriel (who I was totally rooting for – not just for his good looks, but also his undeniable charm and true of heart nature). But it is also a great tale of survival, beating the odds, standing up for oneself, and showing the world exactly what it is you are capable of.

I really enjoyed the film. It was a great period drama, which had truly gorgeous English countryside settings, excellent actors, a love story, and a strong female lead – what more could you ask for? It’s a film that teaches us that perseverance and hard-work will always pay off in the long run.

Far From The Madding Crowd comes out to NZ cinemas this Thursday, 25th June. Have a look at the trailer below:


6 thoughts on “Film Review: Far From The Madding Crowd

  1. I’ve been looking forward to this one. Sounds so good!


    1. Yeah it’s really good. The trailer makes it look a bit boring but it’s an engaging storyline.


      1. I love a good period drama! I don’t have the energy to read the classics but I have enjoyed watching most of Thomas Hardy’s on-screen adaptations.

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  3. Schoenaerts makes a fine softly spoken heartthrob, but his chemistry with Mulligan is all but overshadowed by the double-act he strikes up with Michael Sheen, who plays William Boldwood, the eldest of Bathsheba’s three suitors. There’s a kind of sweetly pained, Ted and Ralph quality to the twosome’s awkward discussions about their – ugh – feelings; Boldwood agonisingly skirting the point while Gabriel stares at his shoes.


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