Written September 30, 2014
I like Keira Knightly and I love Anna Karenina (the book). I was very disappointed in this movie! It was weird at best. Low budget screamed from this movie. These people are Russian aristocracy and the director makes the characters, actors, and the setting is a stage!! It DOES look like a bad dream!!! I wanted to see over the top residencies and beautiful Russian countryside not a danged back stage. CHEAP!!! Weird!!! Tolstoy is turning over in his grave!!! They might as well made the setting, Disney World. In fact Disney World probably would have been better.
Written October 28, 2014
How it is played out is a little different than traditional films...beautifully filmed. You will connect with the characters , enjoy the music, dances, costumes, the story. Keira Knightly plays the part beautifully.
If you like period films and are a romantic at heart....it is a must see.
Written March 29, 2015
The hype about the movie didn't disappoint. Excellent acting by all the characters. Of course it is always challenging for a movie to live up to the book, but this was a good adaptation. Not only did I enjoy the movie, but also the AMC courthouse cinema theatre in Arlington with its ever so comfy seats!
Written April 01, 2015
I read the book and thought I knew what I was about to see but was completely surprised by the unusual and very creative setting of this movie. I hear that the critics are just as shocked and many didn't like it but I did - enough to see it twice. The movie was actually choreographed throughout so that the music and dance-like movements were an important part of telling the beautiful story. I especially loved that the whole Tolstoy novel was portrayed - not just "Anna's" story. Anna's brother & sister-in-law as well as another couple's love stories were told also and were a nice contrast to Anna's tragedy. Also, the movie included Tolstoy's comments on the rigidity of Russian society and brought out the class warfare that would lead to the communist revolution years later. It was great - I would see it again!
Written December 27, 2014
For those who have NOT read or read about "Anna Karenina", this film will be a tough slog. I have read Tolstoy's masterpiece and shall read it again, but watching Tom Stoppard and Joe Wright being interviewed by Charlie Rose made this version of the movie a rewarding
experience. It is bold, risky, exciting, sensual, elegant,dramatic. Keira Knightly is magnificent and Jude Law is brilliant. The novel is 800 pages. This film is two hours. Stoppard has conveyed the fiery passion of Anna and the deep, moral love of her husband. Has pure Tolstoy been compromised? Indeed it has and such is true of not only all other Kareninas but also of most movies based upon books. This film is a work of theater and will be appreciated in time. I shall see it again.