FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD REVIEW

An engaging and brilliantly acted drama. In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Tom Strurridge), a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen) a prosperous and mature bachelor. I'm not normally one for period dramas but somehow … Continue reading FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD REVIEW

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A LITTLE CHAOS REVIEW

Sorry, Mr Rickman. Your debut needed a little more chaos. A stellar cast fails to hide what is a dreadfully slow and meandering affair. 10 points from Slytherin! Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles. I really wanted to like this but I was … Continue reading A LITTLE CHAOS REVIEW

*THROWBACK REVIEW* BELLE

Pride and Racial Prejudice or Frownton Abbey. A stellar British cast uplifts a syrupy biopic that you'd expect to see on ITV. 12 Years A Slave, this ain't. It's certainly watchable and zips along but it doesn't really make full use of the cast or the subject matter and inevitably leads to the same old … Continue reading *THROWBACK REVIEW* BELLE

*THROWBACK REVIEW* A NEW YORK WINTER’S TALE

An unexpected watch. Went in to the screen (not literally) expecting the usual luvvy duvvy guff (my terminology for romance stuff), but came out surprised. A well-acted love story that is as different as it is strange. Cudos for the concept but not so much for its execution. Great chemistry from a great cast shies … Continue reading *THROWBACK REVIEW* A NEW YORK WINTER’S TALE