Far From the Madding Crowd (4 Stars)

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A great cast of talented actors appear in this breathtaking film. I loved it. I was not familiar with the actual storyline, so for once I was excited to watch a film and not know the outcome of it. I enjoyed going through the highs and the lows, the hoping and wishing for Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan) to pick the right one of her three suitors (Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge) and her despair when she didn’t.

Each portrayal of the characters was brilliant – particularly the horribleĀ Sergeant Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), who you hate, but also feel incredibly sorry for – Sturridge manges to place his character perfectly between the realm of just enough to hate him but not too much that you cannot pity his tragic circumstance. I am really beginning to rate Matthias Schoenaerts as an actor, 2015 was a very good year for him, with three great films under his belt. I look forward to seeing his future work, he is a pleasure to watch.

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