Far from the Madding Crowd
I haven’t read the book, nor seen the 1967 version, so I have no comparisons to make, which for me is a good thing.
Director Thomas Vinterberg has brought in his cinematographer from The Hunt (Charlotte Bruus Christensen) and together they have captured some beautiful images of an idyllic English countryside which serve as a backdrop to the travails of Bathsheba Everdene and her never-ending queue of suitors.
Carey Mulligan brings life to an interesting character – far more confident and independent than most women of her time, able to take over the running of her uncle’s farm, but still making some monumentally stupid decisions regarding her romantic liaisons.
Matthias Schoenaerts has the toughest job – a man of few words but unswerving loyalty, he expresses himself through his actions, yet is very still (he’s not called Oak for nothing, you know). He is absolutely adorable.
I was pleasantly entertained for a couple of hours, but I can’t say that this is anything more than a beautifully shot period piece.