Sunday, September 10, 2017

Far From the Madding Crowd

A sunny spring day here turned a bit chilly by the late afternoon, so it was time to close the windows and doors and watch some of the movies and shows that have piled up unwatched.  Far From the Madding Crowd came out in 2015, but was one of those movies that I was too busy to go and watch at the cinema and with $17 ticket prices, it makes it a bargain to watch it home for $2.99 from the Apple store.

Based on the classic 1874 novel from Thomas Hardy that I had never read it was a glimpse into a genre that appeals to me.  The tale of a woman, in a world where it was difficult for her to have independence, status and choices, when being married usually meant losing her money and having to yield to her husband.  Bathsheba Everdene helps on her aunties farm, before she inherits her own estate (lucky girl).  She gets involved with three different men, who all fall in love with her instantly and who will she choose?

I always enjoy watching Carey Mulligan, and I loved the costumes, scenery and handsome men.  The story was a little flat for me - somehow the passion and love seemed a bit muted.  Still a 4/5.

1 comment:

John Bellen said...

I've seen three movie versions of this novel, and in all of them, I found Bathsheba to be rather flat, emotionally. Is that her character, or the actress' interpretation?