Written January 30, 2015
Beautifully staged, with an operatic feel. Knightly and Law do a wonderful job but the casting of Taylor-Johnson was off the mark. Vronsky is supposed to be the man Anna would risk all for but Taylor-Johnson's effete young soldier didn't inspire passion as much as puzzlement. Why would Anna throw everything away for him? A little hard to follow at times, it helps if one has read the book.
Written February 28, 2015
Good movie. It was interesting to see Joe Wright's interpretation of the story. The way they did the party scenes was not what I expected, but AWESOME. At the beginning I thought, "I hope this isn't how the entire movie is," but I left feeling like I had just witnessed some creative genius. A little disappointed with the sex scene because I went in expecting something akin to Atonement's. If you're into costume and set design, it's definitely worth going just for that — it was beautiful! My boyfriend and I loved it, but we think others probably will not feel the same way. Not necessarily a "must-see", but if you have the time and means I believe it's not to be counted as "missable".
Written May 24, 2015
The most beautiful movie I have seen this season. Very very special....great acting......everything about it will show your real movie making that takes you on a trip back in time and book.
Written March 02, 2015
I loved the movie.
I was ready not to like it, because it received poor reviews, but to my surprise, I found the play within a movie format miraculous and beautiful. I've always enjoyed Tom Stoppard.
The cinematography, the acting, and the directing carried me into the mind of a 19th century woman who dared to challenge the social mores of her time, and paid the price. More than that,
the themes are universal.
Finally, after many attempts, I've resolved to get through the book!
Written January 30, 2015
I loved the book. When I saw this movie was being made, I followed it on face book, I was so excited. I expected a Dr. Zhivago type epic. The movie was beautiful, fabulous costumes, sets and scenery. But that is where it stopped for me. I thought the acting was fine, but I felt no chemistry at all. I felt the scenes being shot as they were on stage was very distracting from the story and caused it to be very disjointed. Very touching moments were ruined as the camera backed up and they were on stage. Instead of feeling the moment, I thought, what on earth? Yes, I was disappointed.