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A passionate, sensual and very modern version of Thomas Hardy's infamous novel, combining young, upcoming acting talent with recognisable and much-loved faces. When the beautiful and innocent Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting the manipulative Alec proves to be her downfall. Starring Gemma Arterton (James Bond: Quantum of Solace), Eddie Redmayne (The Other Boleyn Girl) and Hans Matheson (The Tudors).]]>
Episode Four reminds the viewer of the destructive aspects of Tess aggressors, Alec and Groby (Christopher Fairbank), her employer who works her like a horse. By the time forgiveness arrives for Tess, it is too late. This version of the story explores less its sexual connotations, as does Roman Polanskis Tess, relying more heavily on the scales shifting hour to hour from fortune to failure and back. The whole viewing is a roller coaster ride, well-worth every moment to be reminded of the ways this classic tale lives on in its application to contemporary life. --Trinie Dalton
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Things "Tess '08" got right:
1. A great Tess
Gemma Arterton makes this character her own. While Justine Waddell's Tess was delicate and sensual, Arterton plays Tess with more bite. Both are valid interpretations of the character. Both, however, also excel at the highly emotional scenes. Tess is a sympathetic and brilliant character and Arterton definitely does the role justice
2. Very strong supporting cast
Though I still like the supporting cast of the '98 version more, I loved this version's portrayal of Tess's friends Marion and Izz. Tess's family members were also well chosen, and everyone at Talbothy's diary was great! Hans Matheson's portrayal of the morally ambiguous Alec d'Urberville is particularly noteworthy.
3. An extremely strong last half
While it has its rough spots, the whole movie is worth it for the last hour. It's an emotional rollercoaster. I challenge you not to get an ache in your heart.
A few things that did not please me:
1. A disappointing Angel Clare
Eddie Redmayne just did not do it for me. I was never convinced by Tess and Angel's romance, and the actor who played him was just...dull, and seemed slightly dim-witted.
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Arterton's Tess is matched perfectly by Matheson's Alec, who is given more depth than any of the earlier film adaptations. The dark and tormented essence gives you the sense how doomed these two characters really are - their actions and words toward each other leads to their downfall. Unfortunately, the same cannot be applied to Redmayne's Angel, who looks befuddled and lost more than half the time. There is a rushed directorial pace in the second installment that hurts the romantic appeal between Tess and Angel, and the love story element seems a bit forced as a result. Because of that, I didn't get the appeal of Angel in this one, or why Tess and her fellow dairymaids were in love with him, or why Tess takes the desperate course of action in order to get him back.Read more ›
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Gorgeous, poignant, heartbreaking. Thomas Hardy's best work translated to a powerful movie of love, sacrifice, loss, and sorrow. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Canyongirl
Introducing the talented Eddie Remayne and the lovely Gemma Arterton, Tess of the D'urbervilles is a pleasant adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lola Laslo
NOT appropriate for the "tweens" in my house, unfortunately. Sure, this is personal opinion, but since there was no good warning that objectionable material was in there, I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kellye R Fryar
Gorgeous adaptation, wonderful acting. Follows the book pretty closely. I am so happy I bought this. One of my favorite books, now a favorite film. BBC never fails to deliver.Published 1 month ago by Liebe
As others have noted, this is a brutal story in many ways and one has to be somewhat emotionally prepared to go through it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I thought it was well done - I had just finished the book and wanted to see the story brought to life. Still tragic!Published 2 months ago by LMW
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|Good Tess, LAME Angel, Too explcit....||
Are you insane? They showed Angel's backside and akward English, missionary style sex. How is this "over-the-top sexual content"??? If you think seeing a pasty, shapeless, rear end of an Englishman is steaming things up, you should just hang it up now and return to your convent.
Sep 5, 2010 by R. Briggs | See all 2 posts
|Which Tess of the D'Urbervilles?||
In my opinion, the 1980 movie is the best of the three - certainly, it's the best as a movie. But in quite a few respects, the 1998 version is the most faithful.
Apr 27, 2009 by M. Morris | See all 5 posts