Film Review: Hardy is finally funny in Tamara Drewe

When Thomas Hardy novels crop up in conversation, does anyone ever say, “wow, he’s one funny guy”? Could anyone possibly think Tess of the D’Urbervilles funny? Jude the Obscure? You kidding? The Mayor of Casterbridge did make me laugh, if only because it stands as the prototype for all self-respecting daytime soaps. Far From The Madding Crowd made me laugh when I was a kid, because like anyone else from the 20th century, I just couldn’t believe that the publishers would misspell a word in…