“It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.” –Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd“I am not a fool, you know, although I am a woman and have my woman’s moments.” –also Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
Is there any character better suited to adaptation than Bathsheba Everdeen? The heroine of Thomas Hardy’s classic romance Far from the Madding Crowd is, as she herself says, a construct of a language chiefly made by men. Bathsheba nevertheless offers a significant literary milestone for strong female characters, but Hardy’s characterization of his resilient woman is itself a product of its time. Hardy, despite the best intentions of his novel, largely defines Bathsheba through the eyes of men. Fortunately, for contemporary audiences, Carey Mulligan’s excellent turn as the radiant Bathsheba does the classic justice while keeping the novel relevant.
Rating: ★★★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
It expands to Vancouver on May 8; Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal on May 15; and it opens wide on May 22.
Update: It moves to The Mayfair on Friday, May 29.
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