Exhibiting a strong and thoroughly convincing cast, Far From the Madding Crowd is a wonderful period film about love, loss, and strength. Set in the mid to late 1800’s in England, the story follows a woman as she rises in status and simultaneously gains the affection of three different men. The audiences gets to witness her struggle over who (if any) she should choose to be her husband and how it competes with her intent to be independent and nobody’s property. Will she fall for lust, love, or logic?
Based on the classic novel by Thomas Hardy, this film exhibits extraordinary cinematography and stunning visuals that match perfectly with the manner of 19th century Britain. Light is creatively used in many stunning shots, incorporating the sun frequently to give off a naturally beautiful impression.
Carey Mulligan is brilliant as the main character, Bathsheba Everdene, playing the feminist headstrong character justice. Playing the sheep farmer, Gabriel Oaks, is Matthias Schoenaerts, who easily stuns the audience with his capability of such a wide range of emotions. Fully embracing the cocky and conflicted character of Sergeant Francis is Tom Sturridge. Playing the third suitor of Ms. Everdene is Michael Sheen, who draws in the audience with his portrayal of lovestruck and lonely William Boldwood.
Filled with admirable passion and an array of interesting characters, this film will definitely pull on your heartstrings.