New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: Tamara Drewe: One of the Best, Most Underrated Graphic Novel Adaptations You’ve Never Heard Of

By Andrea Thompson

In 2010, comic book movies were already big, but it would be two years before the first Avengers movie would hit theaters and they became an unstoppable force. So it was an ideal time for Tamara Drewe, a movie that was, and still very much is, an exception to the rules of the genre. Originally a collection of comic strips by Posy Simmonds that was also a loose reworking of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd, the movie itself is not only very female-centric, it’s strictly rooted in the real world. There’s no villain trying to destroy the universe, and there’s precious little violence. Instead, people are quietly living their lives in Ewedown, a small town in the English countryside.

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