Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilly Vosburgh
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Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who inherits a Dorset farm in the 1870s and whose beauty and capability attract the attention of three men: bachelor landowner William Boldwood (Michael Sheen); her devoted employee Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts); and caddish Sergeant Troy (Tom Sturridge) who swoops in to win her affections. The romantic outcome is abundantly clear throughout, with complexity abandoned and meaningful looks constantly exchanged. the story remains gripping and the cast is wonderful, with Mulligan proving an altogether less tortured Hardy heroine than usual. Charlotte Bruus Christensen’s ravishing cinematography leaves the film buffed free of grit, danger, and the sweat and dirt of outdoor toil. Still, by cranking the yearning up to eleven, you may eventually be seduced into submission.