The Magic of Love (Movie Style)

So, I’m still pretty laid up thanks to my left leg. First it was the knee, now I have this very unsexy lump near my ankle. I can’t walk or put on shoes. Let me tell you, that has been fun (I say that with very heavy sarcasm). I’m guessing it might be a ganglion cyst, but it’s not really round or oval shaped. Hopefully, when I see my doctor, I’ll have more information. Or help. I would very much like to be fixed up.

Anyway, since I’m mostly immobile, I’ve been having to keep myself entertained from the couch or bedroom.  I wrote some more of Bought. I’m glad I’m on a roll despite circumstance.  I watched The Lion King, which is still one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen. I tried to learn the Zulu portion of Circle of Life with much fail.

After all that, I felt like I needed to do or see something new.  Once in a while I like to dive into a nice Victorian-era piece. I’ve seen both the newer movie and the TV series of Pride and Prejudice more than 5 times and Sense and Sensibility like about 10 times. I deeply fell for The Young Victoria when it first came out. I thought to myself “that’s what a girl’s in the mood for.”

I came across Far from the Maddening Crowd.

It’s set in the Victorian-era, so it was already doing well in my book. Carey Mulligan stars as the main character. She’s full of adorable, so that’s a win. Michael Sheen is awesome….Yeah, it had to happen.

And it did.

And I fell in love. Hard.

Now I’m not much on reviews, or rather I’m terrible at writing them, so I can’t offer you a good review. I can give you a cheap and dirty one, though.

  • Far From the Maddening Crowd (2015)
  • The director: Thomas Vinterberg (he also did The Hunt and The Celebration)
  • Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge
  • Romantic Drama set in the Victorian-era. It’s based on the book by Thomas Hardy.
Quick Synopsis (a la Amazon)

In this passionate romantic drama, Carey Mulligan stars as a headstrong young heiress pursued by three suitors: a strapping farmer (Schoenaets), a dashing soldier (Sturridge) & a prosperous older bachelor (Sheen).

What I liked about it:
  • Beautiful Cinematography. The movie was just pretty and it felt real. I am not sure how to describe that a bit better. I mean, in some movies set into different time periods, it’s like it’s not right or not how I feel it should look (like I know anything, right?). This movie made me feel like I was looking back in time instead of just watching someone’s version of the time period.
  • The Acting is Great. This isn’t surprising, though. I don’t expect less from the stars in this one.
  • The Characters were Human. Carey Mulligan’s Bathsheba knows what she wants and goes after it, even if she makes mistakes along the way. That’s the way things are in real life!
  • The music in the film is beautiful.

What I didn’t like about it:
  • It was slow at times, but seriously, the movie has a lot to do with farming. It should be expected.
What I loved about it:
  • The freaking ending is amazing. If you don’t believe in love, the end will change your mind. One of the best endings I’ve ever seen. Made my heart pitter-pat.
What I hated about it:
  • That it had to end!

It’s definitely a movie to see if you need something sweet and romantic. It might also be a good book to read, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. I will, though. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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