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Far From The Madding Crowd review - Boris Starling

PUBLISHED: 10:02 05 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:20 05 May 2015

Carey Mulligan as

Carey Mulligan as "Bathsheba" in Far From The Maddling Crowd. Photo by Alex Bailey © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

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Far From The Madding Crowd is well worth going to see says Boris Starling...

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Carey Mulligan is wonderful as Bathsheba - much more complex and rounded than Julie Christie was in the role. Michael Sheen (Boldwood) is, well, Michael Sheen, seemingly incapable of being anything other than excellent. Like all great actors, he needs half the screen time of his peers to do twice as much. And Matthias Schoenaerts (Oak) pulls off the same trick as Ed Harris in Apollo 13, making a stoic, solid, outwardly unemotional man into the movie’s emotional lodestar.

The only slightly duff note is Tom Sturridge. He’s a decent actor, but here he’s too lightweight to give any depth to Sergeant Troy (someone like Rupert Friend would have got the vulnerability as well as the danger). He and Carey Mulligan also have absolutely no chemistry together - a bit of a downer given that their particular storyline revolves around an all-consuming passion. And he looks a little like Andy Murray: during his gloomy moments I half-expected him to slurp on some branded bottled water and say ‘obviously Novak played well in the third set.’

Oh - and Dorset looks beautiful, of course!

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Boris Starling, author and screen writer; borisstarling.com; @vodkaboris

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• Read Boris’s interview with David Nicholls, who has written the screen play of Far From the Madding Crowd, in the May edition of Dorset Magazine

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