Far From The Madding Crowd is a film set in in Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
It’s a film the is a refreshing break, along with a few others, from the market that’s filled with superhero films or even other dramas or comedies that fail to connect with the audience (although they’re not entirely a bad thing if they’re done right). This film isn’t one that will tickle everyone’s fancy but a strong love story was created that allows the central character of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) to develop throughout the film. Mulligan manages to hold her own as her character continues to make the wrong decisions.
I think one of the most frustrating thing about this film was that Mulligan’s character was so indecisive that it made it frustrating to watch as Gabriel Oak watched on. Although, in the end, she did eventually make her way into the right decision and place.
The film is a little slow and has quite a long run time but if you’re looking for action, this isn’t the film for you. It’s a film that explores the relationships and the role of an independent woman in the Victorian era with a strong cast, especially with that of Michael Sheen’s character in lonesome suitor Mr. Boldwood and the ever creepy suitor in Tom Sturridge. But the one that stole the show is that of rising star, Matthias Schoenaerts, who has been in a large number of films over the last year and has always provided a kind figure amongst the tension of the story.