Saturday, August 15, 2015

Movie Review: "Far from the Madding Crowd" ~ Now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital!

Far from the Madding Crowd

About the Movie:
Carey Mulligan stars as a headstrong Victorian beauty in this sweeping romantic drama, based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts); a dashing soldier (Tom Sturridge); and a prosperous, older bachelor (Michael Sheen). This timeless story of Bathsheba’s passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.

My Thoughts:
I cannot compare this movie to the book because I haven’t read it, but the movie was just wonderful! The scenery was gorgeous, the acting was terrific, and the story was incredibly romantic. I loved Bathsheba’s independent spirit, considered quite a rare trait in a woman of the late 1800s. She was determined to run the farm she’d inherited by herself, without interference from a man. Because of her willingness to get dirty and work with her employees, she gained their respect and prosperity. But Bathsheba was woefully na├»ve when it came to men, having been raised as a lonely orphan. She didn’t know how to respond to the attentions of the three men vying for her hand. Although viewers could clearly see who she was meant to spend her life with, it took many mistakes on Bathsheba’s part before she figured it out. This historical masterpiece will stay in my thoughts for a long time, and I highly recommend it!

Blu-ray Special Features
• Deleted Scenes + Extended Ending
• Bathsheba Everdene
• The Suitors
• Adapting Far from the Madding Crowd
• The Look of Far from the Madding Crowd
• Gabriel Oak
• William Boldwood
• Sergeant Troy
• The Locations of Far from the Madding Crowd
• Thomas Vinterberg
• Theatrical Trailer

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate my honest review, but all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.


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