There is something mildly sorrowful about the Bathsheba character here. I don't know if this was by design or if the actor herself has a tragic aura inherently; this portrayal did take some of the life out of this film for me. But all the other performances? Absolutely stellar! And Paloma Baezra did have her moments. This adaptation stayed fairly true to the book.
I was disappointed by the "happy ever after" ending when the heroine was so indifferent and heartless to her ardent suitors with such tragic consequences. The cinematography didn't live up to the stunning English countryside. The dramatization of the transition from human- and horse-powered farming to mechanized farming was interesting and added another level of tension.
Hats off to the screenwriter for a well-paced adaptation of the novel (complete with lots of Hardy's dialogue), and to Nicholas Renton for his sure-handed direction plus authentic evocation of the 'works and days' of rural England in the mid-19th century. Good acting all around, though Nathanial Parker is the stand-out as Gabriel Oak. Paloma Baeza is a nice, confused Bathsheba, but she is some distance from the drop-dead beauty that the male rivals continually proclaim her to be. Overall I found this mini-series version superior to the 1967 film with Julie Christie and Terrance Stamp. It will be interesting to see how the upcoming movie with Carey Mulligan will compare.
I have not read the book, but this title by Hardy always intrigued me. I cannot say if this was a good adaptation from the novel. While watching the movie I wanted to often give Bathsheba a good shake for her "I'm so innocent" routine, however you still feel for her character because she is young, naive and has the notion that she knows all about life. She makes me think that she would go around saying YOLO.
I've never read the book nor seen the earlier version so I have nothing to compare this to, but I was surprised to find myself not liking this as I continued watching. I never did finish it. It struck me as soap operish and somewhat boring. Who knows, maybe I'd find the book lacking also. While I like the actor who played Gabriel Oak, that's the only reason to keep watching it.
Loved this version of Thomas Hardy's classic. Nathaniel Parker is a beautiful creature and the only thing lacking in this adaptation is more shots of him... er his character without his shirt on.
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