Written September 17, 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.
Written December 01, 2012
The beginning was a little choppy, but once I figured out what the director was going for, it got better.
I was so mad at Keira Knightley, she was playing games with both men. The things she said to her husband enraged me, which means it was well done. Jude Law had such a range, I wouldn't have know it was him, if I had read up on it. He really made me care about him.
Written July 29, 2014
A brilliant and captivating reimagining of the novel, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality as only Tom Stoppard can. But be aware before you go that this is not a typical movie epic. It is a surreal rendition of Anna Karenina that mysteriously blends elements of opera, ballet, musical theater, tableau vivant, and impressionist painting.
Written September 19, 2014
Did not read Tolstoy's book but the movie presented a powerful emotional story. But it was presented in a unique way which I found somewhat distracting and seemed to lessen the impact for me. But it is definitely worth seeing.
Written August 21, 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.