How often nowadays are we told that this it’s the year of the woman? Where are the strong female protagonists? I’d argue that we have films like that, but there’s been a lot of discussion about assertive female characters on screen. We get a look here at one with Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far from the Madding Crowd,” an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel and the third time, to my knowledge, that this story has been turned into a film.
I’m impressed by films that manage to immerse me through slow, careful pacing that allow scenes to build instead of dictating to me what I should feel. The Drop is one of those films. There’s always some sort of looming threat throughout in this money laundering crime drama. It’s made more impactful by the lead characters, given expert performances by Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini in his final feature role. Let’s jump right in.