ByCarl Morris, writer at

In this Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 140 year old classic novel we see Carey Mulligan (Drive, Shame) star Bathsheba Everdeen, an independent farm owner who inherits her uncles fortunes. All the time she has to maintain the interests of three gentlemen (Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge) She is caught between the financial stablitiy of William Boldwood, the unpredictability of Sergeant Frank Troy and the kindness and wit of Gabriel Oak.

Ironically the surname of the protagonist is the same as Katness from the Hunger games, the only difference is Bathsheba isn't in the incapable hands of Francis Lawerence but in the more than capable hands of Thomas Vinterberg.

A strong female character such as Bathsheba doesn't come along very often and when it does the casting needs to be done to perfection which it is, Carey Mulligan continues her long winning streak of movies (her career) with this classical period piece.

The thing I found refreshing was how well Vinterberg managed to avoid falling into the period drama stereotype by using his unique style and fresh eyes to cast over this stand out period piece.

The performances of Sheen and Schoenaerts are also excellent. As they play the two likable love interests.

A must see for all those remotely interested.


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