Far From the Madding Crowd (12A)

Four is a Madding Crowd This adap­ta­tion of Thomas Hardy’s ‘love square’ tale falls flat

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splash backs girl Fanny (Juno Tem­ple).

Th­ese three suit­ors leave Bathsheba in an emo­tional whirl and when Bold­wood of­fers her fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity as his bride, she turns to brood­ing Gabriel for ad­vice.

“I need some­one who’s ob­jec­tive, in­dif­fer­ent,” Fanny tells the shep­herd.

“Then I’m afraid you’re ask­ing the • Mea­sure the height and the width

from the in­side • Call us on 01895 622 207 or drop in for your quote We sup­ply and fit only the finest qual­ity. Win­dows • Doors • Con­ser­va­to­ries • Porches • Com­pos­ite & Bi-fold­ing Doors We wel­come you to come and visit our show­room: 39 Vic­to­ria Road, Ruis­lip Manor HA4 9AB. Open Mon to Sat 9am-5pm Call now on • Email: Web­site: wrong man,” point­edly re­sponds Gabriel. An­chored by Mul­li­gan’s nu­anced per­for­mance, Far From The Madding Crowd is a vis­ually ar­rest­ing, but ul­ti­mately anaemic por­trait of ru­ral de­sires.

Schoe­naerts wres­tles in vain with a West Coun­try ac­cent, while Sheen and Stur­ridge have limited screen time to match fond mem­o­ries of Peter Finch and Terence Stamp in re­spec­tive roles in the 1967 film.

While Vin­ter­berg’s vi­sion, filmed on lo­ca­tion in pas­toral Dorset, Ox­ford­shire and Buck­ing­hamshire, lacks emo­tional heft, it packs a mighty vis­ual punch thanks to cine­matog­ra­pher Char­lotte Bruus Chris­tensen.

Rolling land­scapes look invit­ingly wild and un­tamed, bathed largely in nat­u­ral light, and the nascent beauty of lead­ing lady Mul­li­gan shines through the art­fully com­posed muck and grime.

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