Adaptation #127: Still Pretty Close to the Madding Crowd

header127After loving Thomas Hardy’s novel as much as we did, it’s somewhat surprising that we ended up being really happy with Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). There were a few nick-picky things we would have done differently, but the film spurs additional understanding and conversations about the themes and characters that we loved and hated going in.

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Cinderella (the fairytale), Little Women, Frankenstein MD, Jane Austen’s Emma, and Anna Karenina.


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A spoiler-free review by Grace @ Cultural Life (‏@cultureblogger on Twitter)

Main Discussion

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

-Written by David Nicholls

-Directed by Thomas Vinterburg

-Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Michael Sheen

-Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, covered on episode #123

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3 thoughts on “Adaptation #127: Still Pretty Close to the Madding Crowd

  1. got to disagree with your interpretation of the kiss at the end! One of you explicitly says that Gabriel goes in for the kiss after every break, and that isn’t the case. He swoops in at first and they make out for awhile, then they break apart and give each other Significant Looks, and then she goes in. Like, instead of straight up asking “will you marry me?” and her saying “yes”, they imply the question/answer in their make out session, lol. I just really loved it, particularly because it was made obvious that she would have said yes anyway, so I didn’t see it as a violation or in place of a requisite verbal re-proposal at all.

    I’m sorry, I just really loved this movie, in particular because it was deliberately a more sweeping romantic adaptation of the novel.


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