Anna Karenina [Blu-ray]
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Important things missing...here are just a few!
Anna being married to someone far older than her. An arranged marriage, not a love one.
Anna trying desperately NOT to get involved or compromise herself, hence the heroine. Kiera Knightley's version makes her very little less than a common prostitute rather than fateful star-crossed lovers.
Kitty being ill, kitty being heartbroken, Kitty rising above her station, lowering herself because of love and compassion.
Levin trying to figure out the meaning of life. Levin's brother being washed not because he was sick, but because he was dying and his body was being prepared before the priest came to give last rites.
Sad abandonment of any "Beautiful Corners" where Icons are placed for prayers in each household.
No scenes of marriages in the Orthodox Church and who will raise their candle the highest.
No explanation of why Anna is taking morphine and why it gets out of hand. Not enough of her unbearable grief being parted from her son. BTW...does she even care about her daughter??Read more ›
The story needs no summary: Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley more beautiful to behold and brilliant in acting than ever) is married to Alexei Karenin (Jude Law in a tour de force acting role) and is happy in her station with her slightly cool husband but very warm young son. Then quite unexpectedly her eyes meet those of the wealthy Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson in a career making turn) and their love is immediate. The flirtation is enhanced by some of the most beautiful waltzing choreography on film. We are in St. Petersburg, Russia and divorce is something only a man /husband can initiate so as the love affair reaches a point of no return Anna must decide whether to bear the shame of a divorced woman or just be the mistress of the incredibly handsome Count and remain married. In contrast to the Anna/Vronsky duet is the passion of the country lad Levin (Domhnall Gleeson) for the aristocratic Kitty (Alicia Vikander) and throughout the story the two forms of love are paralleled.Read more ›
I keep rereading Anna Karenina mainly because the overwhelming sense of fulfillment at the end is so addictive. I never thought to consider this plot a tragedy until watching it on screen. Don't fall into the melodramatic trap of the onscreen soap opera. Pick up the book and enjoy an incredible study of human happiness.
"Anna Karenina" (2012 release; 130 min.) brings the story of Anna Karenina (played by Keira Knightley), who is married to Russian 'saint' Alexei Karenin (played by Jude Law), in upper class 19th century Russia. Yet Anna is bored out of her mind, and she catched the fancy of Count Vronsky (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and soon they embark on an ill-fated affair.
Several comments: the movie is eye-candy from start to finish. For reasons not clear, the movie cuts back and forth between real-life scenes and a theatre, where some of the scenes are played out. While it allows for some nice and clever shots, it is never made clear why this is happening this way, other than I suppose for production value. The acting performances are great throughout, none more so that Knightley who carries the movie on her shoulders as much as she can. Alicia Vikander as Kitty also was noteworthy (I also saw her in another historical drama, Denmark's excellent "A Royal Affair", earlier this year--that movie is now playing in selected screens in the US). Yet despite all that, as I was watching this, I never fully connected emotionally and I never got pulled in, a big flaw in any movie I watch. I want to root for a character, or against one, or at least care emotionally. It didn't happen for me in this movie. Last but not least, the art-house theatre I saw this movie in this past weekend here in Cincinnati, was absolutely packed, I mean completely sold out.Read more ›
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Having read the novel, no this adaptation does not live up to Tolstoy's great work. However I did enjoy watching this. Like many movies, the book is better, but so what? Read morePublished 26 days ago by Anelley
Beautiful beautiful movie. Have never been a fan of the plot but Joe Wrights artful eye makes this film a piece of artPublished 1 month ago by Molly
Short version of the novel; good job with the adaptation. Keira is great too.Published 1 month ago by MYM
If you haven't seen this, don't bother. The style of it begins with a comical air but it ends so tragic. So disappointing that it wasn't even worth the good acting in between. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa A. Dillon