Written September 01, 2014
Movie is very artsy changing between the stage and reality. That proves a bit confusing at first. It is beautifully filmed, but the chemistry between Anna and the Count is flat. Jude Law is excellent as the long suffering husband.
Written October 27, 2014
If you think you've seen "Anna Karenina" before -- or read the book -- you'll be surprised
at what you see in this version. It's a berautifully directed/acted piece, worth seeing if only
for the spectacular production values, costumes and sets. A masterpiece of editing!
Not a Kiera fan, but she's brilliant here, as is Jude Law and Aaron Johnson. Haven't spoken
to anyone who didn't find something magnificent about the film!
Written December 18, 2014
This movie was so ridiculously awful that is was almost comical. We would have walked out if we didn’t have to make everyone in our row get up.
Written December 25, 2014
The big surprise: from the opening curtain – and there is literally an opening curtain – most of this story in enacted inside a theater, where hand painted scenery is pushed around, curtains are raised and lowered, and chandeliers drop from the ceiling just in time for the fancy drawing room scene. There are dancers, chorus lines, and quick-change artists who tear off their government uniforms to reveal they are waiters (!) and proceed to serve dinner. The action – horse races, sleigh rides, big dance numbers, and our lead characters' adultery – are enacted on a theatrical stage in the phoniest, most clumsily contrived manner possible. About 3/4 of this film seems to have no other purpose than to ridicule Tolstoy. Jude Law is strangely out of place because out of the entire cast he somehow manages to act, competently and with real dignity.
Written October 21, 2014
While Anna Karenina was visually stunning, the entire movie seemed disjointed. Keira Knightley and the rest of the cast performed beautifully, but I think the filmakers made a big mistake in making this movie only 2 1/2 hours long. The Leo Tolstoy book is over 800 pages and it seems like a lot was left out that would have developed the characters better and made the plot less confusing.