Grabbing our attention from her first appearance galloping across the Dorset countryside in a tight-fitting russet leather jacket, the magnificent Carey Mulligan rightly dominates this ravishing adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far From the Madding Crowd. And her headstrong, independent heroine, Bathsheba Everdene, bewitches us as much as she entrances the three very different suitors who court her – ever-faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), rich squire William Boldwood, (Michael Sheen) and dashing soldier Sergeant Troy (Tom Sturridge). Danish director Thomas Vinterberg takes the fateful events of the novel at quite a lick, but the richly nuanced performances give the story substance.
Certificate 12. Runtime 119. Director Thomas Vinterberg.
Far From the Madding Crowd is released on Blu-ray & DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on Monday 31st August.