FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Carey Mulligan shines as Bathsheba Everdene in this adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel. Headstrong and beautiful, Bathsheba inherits her uncle’s farm and struggles to maintain it while being courted by three very different suitors, shepherd Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), wealthy bachelor William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), and fasttalking soldier Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge). Bathsheba chooses the wrong man, but it isn’t the end of her. Mulligan captivates with quiet confidence. Certain scenes lack urgency, and Sturridge is a weak link in an otherwise strong cast, but it won’t disappoint fans of period films. Rated PG-13. 119 minutes.
Violet Crown. (Adele Oliveira)