Far from the Madding Crowd ★★★½

Don’t be fooled by the illustrious source material: Far from the Madding Crowd may be adapted from Thomas Hardy’s canonical 19th-century novel, but it’s still a movie that opens with Carey Mulligan on a pony galloping toward a rainbow. Set in a patch of rural England located somewhere between Downton Abbey and Danielle Steel, this new take runs a full 40 minutes shorter than John Schlesinger’s 1967 edition but feels packed with twice the marriage proposals, longing looks and reversals of fortune.

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