Far From The Madding Crowd may be one of Thomas Hardy’s classics, but due to having to study it at school, I have a rather great dislike for it. However even so, the new film version Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge doesn’t look too bad.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.’
The film is due out in the UK on May 1st, so should provide a bit of respite from the summer blockbuster overload.