Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Anna Karenina (Joe Wright, 2012)

In cinemas February 14. 

Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) and acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) have collaborated to bring Leo Tolstoy’s classic 1877 novel, Anna Karenina, an emotional tale of infidelity and Imperial Russian scandal, to the screen. Wright has once again reunited with his muse, Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice), and though this is an inventive and visually lush adaptation, it is as awe-inspiringly beautiful in the technical department as the story and the performances are dull, and considering the talented individuals involved, this equates to a disappointing and forgettable experience.

Anna Karenina (Knightley) is a rich socialite lives in St. Petersburg. She is married to Alexei Karenin (Jude Law), an older and much respected statesman. When she is requested by her brother, Prince Stepan Oblonsky (Matthew Macfayden), to journey to Moscow to help him rescue his marriage to his wife, Dolly (Kelly Macdonald), she catches the eye of Count Alexi Vronski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a handsome cavalry officer on leave. After some courting, Anna surrenders herself to his charms and sets in motion an affair that results in her becoming a disrespected outcast and her dutiful husband threatening a messy divorce.

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  1. I'm sad you didn't enjoy this one much. I thought it was great and had no problem with the performances aside from Aaron Johnson.

  2. I adore the expressive side of the film. The theatre decorations make me hold breating.
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