Anna Karenina Movie Reviews
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I am a real sucker for films like this one and I do not care what critics are saying, I loved every minute of this film. I thought the movie was absolutely beautiful visually and i loved the new take on this wonderful love story. I have read the book many years ago and recently I re-read it in Russian. It is a very big book and I can not imagine how difficult it was to make a film out of it but I think that director Joe Wright did a pretty good job. Of course it was not perfect and some scenes did not work but in the end I left the theater satisfied and I will definitely buy this film when it comes out on DVD. I am not a fan of Knightley but I thought she was wonderful in this film and I really enjoyed her performance. Overall, I think this film must be seen on the big screen, it is definitely worth the price of the ticket.
Joe Wright really knows how to make a romantic epic movie. After "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement", he returns with Keira Knightley again in the lead for the stellar retelling of Anna Karenina. The movie is surprisingly bawdy and sexually forward, really giving a long stare into the needs of a woman who hated the world into which she was born and which hated her right back. I really love Keira Knightley in this movie. When I first heard she was playing the lead, I was kind of skeptical. But after seeing the trailer last year and now the movie I can honestly say she turns in one zinger of a performance. She should absolutely be nominated for Best Actress at all the major award shows this year because this is easily the best work she's done to date. In fact. I can't think of another actress this year who has done a better job - and that includes Meryl Streep. Kudos, Keira, you were perfect as A. Karenina.
Sumptuous doesn't even begin to describe this movie - oh my god, it is SO drop dead gorgeous, I just didn't want it to end! Just watching it made me happy on the inside, even though it is kind of a sad story which everyone knows by now. Keira Knightley OWNS the title role and she really makes the best of her screentime in what is probably the finest performance of her career. Jude Law is also exceptional as Alexei her husband and it's nice to see that he has moved on from playing just pretty boy roles. I really liked the whole idea of reinventing the story so as to tell it as a half play-half movie because this gives it a dimension we just haven't seen before. Also, I love the entire theme of women making the best of their circ**stances, even when they know it isn't fair and that the cards are stacked up against them. In the end, this is superb cinema and should be nominated for tons of awards. The best of the season in my opinion!
If movies like Barrymore and Anna Karenina will prove anything during this upcoming awards season, it’s that ‘The Theater’ is definitely not dead. Both films are movies set on stage, involved in the theatrical quality of human relationships and the melodramatic self-immolations larger-than-life characters impose on themselves. In many ways, Anna Karenina is ripe for a staged retelling (even if through the framework of celluloid) and director Joe Wright hits the right balance in presenting one of literature’s most prized heroines in a 21st century way that is both progressive and still aware of the historical context in which the character lives and was conceived.
Like most costume dramas, the real star of the film is the lush set of outfits and velvet-draped backgrounds that scream ‘baroque’ and ‘Old World Europe’ at every turns. The set design is spectacular in more ways than can be counted, with Wright expertly using the difference between an actual stage and the metaphorical stage to dramatize his story. Keira Knightley (who plays the lead) has never been in better form, playing the character in an almost pitying way that somehow makes you admire her. Anna Karenina may be trapped in a loveless marriage to a man she loathes (Alexei Karenin, played to dapper perfection by Jude Law) but her fealty to her young, doting son and her desire to see her brother escape the same romantic fate she has had to endure reveal an inner steel in her that we have to admit was probably the best a woman could do under the prevailing social circ**stances of the 1870s.
The movie is carried firmly on the strength of Knightley’s delicately painted shoulders, and it succeeds as well as her past outings with director Joe Wright that include modern classics Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. It doesn’t always reach the depth of psychic pain it perhaps ought to, but then those are the natural limits of costume dramas. And it makes a far more satisfying viewing experience than all four Twilight movies could ever hope for. Instead of standing in line for the latest teen vampire love slog, you’d do much better to watch an actual film about actual adults struggling to make sense of actual relationships.
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