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"ANNA KARENINA"--MOVIE REVIEW


Monday, December 03, 2012


The costumes by Jacqueline Durran are sumptuous , the production design by Sarah Greenwood head spinning and the original music by Dario Marianelli is at times as frantic as the editing is and at other times very operatic. The camera loves Keira Knightley, as Anna Karenina, just as much as Keira Knightley loves the camera. Jude Law, as her cuckolded husband, gives the best performance in the film and 20 years ago would have played her lover, Vronsky, bringing more fire, looks and chemistry to the role than does Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Whether it is the concept of the screenplay by the world famous playwright Tom Stoppard and/or the director Joe Wright, based on the even more famous novel by Leo Tolstoy, the novelty of staging it as a play, using every nook and cranny of a theatre, very quickly falls flat and takes you out of the story just as Wright goes outside the theatre too many times. At times it seems like an opera, operetta or musical theatre without songs being sung. At times you find yourself counting the costume changes by Anna and Vronsky trying to see who accomplishes the most and there are a lot. In some scenes costume changes are stylistic which is intriguing at first but then, sadly, like the movie, becomes boring.

There are many roles in the film but the more prominent are Matthew Macfadyen as Anna’s brother Stiva who cheats on his wife but doesn’t have to pay for it as women did, his wife, Dolly, played by Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson as farmer Levin who, at the beginning of the story is jilted by Princess Kitty played by Alicia Vikander.

There have been many versions of “Anna Karenina” from Hollywood and Russia plus a few television films with the most popular/famous starred Greta Garbo as Anna in 1935 which was one hour and 35 minutes and Vivian Leigh in the same role in 1948 which was 2 hours and nineteen minutes, and the best version in my opinion, with both telling the story without any gimmicks.

This version of “Anna Karenina” runs two hours and 10 minutes and the bottom line is that it a very luxurious production and the director and writer did try to present it in a different way but failed.

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QUICK STORY ON MYSELF--I WENT INTO AUDITORIUM AWAITING THE FILM TO START-- 5 MINUTES PAST STARTING TIME i WENT TO ASK WHAT HAPPENED--YES, I WAS IN THE WRONG AUDITORIUM!!!

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TENNISJIM 12/4/2012 6:17AM

    Thanks for the review.

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