Hope and I went to the cinema today to see
This new adaptation of the book by Thomas Hardy
had a lot to live up to, with the previous film
starring Julie Christie and Terence Stamp
being such a favourite.
We were not disappointed.
Carey Mulligan was fabulous as Bathsheba Everdene,
she lit up the screen whenever she was on it
and wonderfully portrayed her complex character
and mercurial emotions (let's face it, she was a
bit of a bitch at times).
Her male 'suitors' were brilliant too.
Mattias Schoenaerts played Gabriel
Martin Sheen played the poor tortured Mr Boldwood -
his awkwardness with Bathsheba was, at times, excruciating.
And he has some interesting pigs.
And Sergeant Troy (boo hiss!) was perfectly portrayed by
The music, written by Craig Armstrong,
We both really enjoyed the film.
The story was simply told and the characters
were believable and I felt for them all
(even Troy, who maybe had his reasons for being
such a cad), and my eyes were a bit leaky
on a couple of occasions.
The scenery was lovely too
(although maybe a little bit too clean
with not enough mud...?).
I want to read the book again now
(I last read it a few decades ago!).