Posts Tagged ‘Matthias Schoenaerts’

Film Review: Far From The Madding Crowd

Apr 30 2015

It takes a brave director to make a film based on a much-loved novel – and an even braver one when the original movie adaptation is still something of a favourite.

The director in question is Thomas Vinterberg and the film is Far From The Madding Crowd, released around the UK this Friday, certificate 12A.  It’s based on the Thomas Hardy classic, a regular GCSE and O Level text, and the original film version came out in 1967.  With a cast like Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch and Terence Stamp, it was a hit at the time and was generally regarded as a faithful adaptation – enough for it to be shown to teenage students, anyway!

So has Vinterberg been brave or just downright reckless?  London Mums’ film critic Freda Cooper squeezes herself into a 19th century corset in search of the answer ……

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Film Review: A Little Chaos

Apr 13 2015

Introducing the romantic leading man for this spring.  Matthias Schoenaerts.  If the name doesn’t jangle any bells, you may have seen the Belgian actor last month as a musical German officer in World War II romance, Suite Francaise.  He’s back again next month as one of Carey Mulligan’s suitors in the re-make of Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd.  As of this week, however, he’s a royal gardener at the court of Louis XIV and the woman in his sights is Kate Winslet.  The film is Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, which opens on Friday, certificate 12A.

It’s a film, and a role, miles away from his usual territory – a drug addict in Bullhead (2011), ex-boxer in Rust And Bone (2012) and the manipulative local thug in The Drop (2014).  So does he have what it takes to be a heart throb?  And is there more to A Little Chaos than just beautiful flowers?  London Mums’ film critic, Freda Cooper, puts on her gardening gloves …..

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