Thumbs up with a disclaimer. Thomas Hardy makes me sad. This did, too. Very talky, but I enjoyed it. Well, enjoyed as much as you can enjoy a complete tragedy.
And as a side note for the Smock: Ciarin Hinds stars in this along with James Purefoy (Marc Antony) and Polly Walker (Atia of the Julii) from Rome. It's like Old Home Week!