Written November 19, 2012
Settle in for this groundbreaking extravaganza, which captures almost a thousand pages of Russian epic in about 2 1/2 hours. The costumes alone are enough to keep you enthralled. Amazingly, the bold conceit of depicting the story in a theater, onstage and backstage, a literal metaphor for the glories and constraints of life in 19th century Moscow and St. Petersburg, is in itself thrilling -- besides, as the story swoops from scene to scene like some mad waltz, from time to time, a door opens and we find ourselves confronted with the breathtaking literal vastness of the Russian countryside. You never know where you'll find yourself next. Meanwhile, a ravishing Keira Knightly appears in gown after fabulous gown, each a rich solid color reflecting her current passionate emotion. Her face, often shot in extreme closeup, registers her every thought. Surrender to this movie, and its images will stay with you for a long, long time.
Written January 11, 2013
Overall, I enjoyed the movie, although at times the stylization reminded me of Moulin Rouge (which is one movie I truly dislike), but the costumes and acting were so well-done that I was able to enjoy the film and the story. My friend was in tears at the end (I am not so emotional as she) and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
I love the quote from the Countess in the early part of the film: "I'd rather say I wish I hadn't than I wish I had." (Which is ironic by the end of the story.)
Written September 20, 2014
The play/film fusion was choppy and never grabs you...no willing suspension of disbelief. However the visuals were rich and scene transitions were creative. I usually love period pieces, but this one did not make it.
Written October 28, 2014
I have been waiting all year for a movie like this. Nothing has come close as of yet. This was phenomenal on all fronts! My body was clenched and on edge for most of the movie. I couldn't breath from my stomach tightening up so much from what was on screen. Everyone looked amazing and were so pleasant to watch. Don't get me started on the cinematography! Beyond wonderful. The beyond beautiful way the incorporated the stage through out the film was outstanding. Everything about this is a winner.
Written January 29, 2015
The movie is too long, weirdly shot and quite boring. The actors have absolutely no chemistry together. it's supposed to be a tumlultuos love affair. It's not even luke warm! Wouldn't waste my time. Sorry Keira, i love you, but this one is a bust!