Written April 19, 2015
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 November 25, 2015
I've always been a big fan of Keira Knightly and have adored Joe Wright's work since Pride and Prejudice. So, I was so excited to see Anna Karenina! Keira is simply breathtaking in this film and the movie itself is visually stunning. The costumes are also impeccable. I wasn't very familiar with the story. I was a little confused in the beginning but was able to follow the plot. Be prepared for high drama, intense romance, and intrigue. The movie is also very artistic and stylistic. At times, it feels like you're watching a beautiful work of art coming to life or a performance art piece. Jude Law is astonishing and Matthew MacFayden (also a big fan) is great, too! The chemistry between Aaron Johnson and Keira is palpable making the entire movie a deliciously rich romantic tragedy that is simply stunning to watch. I have to admit, the movie was a bit slow at times and I could have had more love scenes; but, overall I'd HIGHLY recommend it!
Written January 28, 2015
This isn't Pride and Prejudice....it's more a Chanel commercial for Tolstoy. The movie is very stylized to the detriment of characterization....Count Vronksy is a 19th Century club kid until he suddenly becomes emotionally adult (but nothing leads you to that conclusion) and the same goes with Anna, the dutiful wife who shuns Vronsky and then is suddenly in bed with him and on and on. I really liked Matthew Macfadyen (who teams up with Knightley again), as Anna's brother...I've never seen him so alive and animated (he usually seems dull and plodding). I'd say go see it if you like Tolstoy....but despite the beauty, I was struggling to literally stay awake at 10am on a Saturday morning.
Written May 26, 2015
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 May 24, 2015
It is a beautiful movie,visually, but I did not care for the parts that were in a theater, like we are kind of watching a play. If I want to see a play I will go to the theater. It just wasn't consistent, maybe if they kept it going throughout, or just leaving that part out. It is based on a work of literature, so I really can't complain about the ending, but nothing is tied together at the end. Again it was beautiful to watch, and I enjoyed it to a point, but don't fully recommend it.