Written December 26, 2014
Loved Jude and Kiera but my husband and I left 20 minutes into the movie. I suppose the director thought it was "artsy" to show the movie as if it were a play, with sets changing, etc. However, it just left us scratching our heads wondering what was going on! We expected a moving, serious movie, but instead felt like we were watching a bad vaudville act. This was terrible! Half theater and half film and not the best of either. Come on guys! The previews did not even prepare you for this disaster. Sorry.
Written November 29, 2015
We went with high expectations but left disappointed. A lot of effort went into making this movie but the result felt artificial and lifeless. Beautiful settings, beautiful costumes and a beautiful Anna Karenina. Great original novel. Too much art and not enough life in the movie translation of the book. We were surprised that the movie is not showing widely. After seeing the movie the reason became clear.
Written August 31, 2015
I rate this film an A. I have never read the novel so I went in blind. It is a visually stunning film!! The set design and costuming were top notch. The fact that it is part play and part film is a new concept to me and worked well. Keira is beautiful and perhaps the best period piece actress I've ever seen (Atonement and Pride & Prejudice). Her performance is fantastic, believable, moving, and deserving of any nominations that come her way. GO see it.
Written February 12, 2016
Anna Karenina remains one of the great tragic stories of all time. This new retelling mixes elements of the stage with classic Hollywood moviemaking. Let me explain. There are many scenes that either start or end on a theater stage, as if to create a limited window into the action or drama that's unfolding. There are even scenes that are highly choreographed where all of the characters are doing routine movements in unison. It works well, for the most part, and elevates the artistry of the scenes. There were moments when I was tired of the gimmick and didn't care for it, but it was well established and added a certain flair that I appreciated overall. Aside from this, it's essentially faithful to the Tolstoy novel and that's not a bad thing at all. Keira Knightley is terrific!
Written May 30, 2016
Anna Karenina is a great book, and there have been fine productions. While this one has beautiful performances, I found that the extreme stylization trivialized this very dramatic tale. The score was not good, either. Very disappointed.