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In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong farm owner Bathsheba Everden attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, 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.
Far From the Madding Crowd feels like a missed opportunity more than anything else, as instead of playing to the strengths of both author and director [...] it coasts on playing to the conventions of the same old stale period dramas.
It's really hard to fathom that Denmark's Thomas Vinterberg, co-founder of the radical Dogme 95 Movement with Lars Van Trier, could direct a picture so straight-laced and traditional, so bland and dull.