Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.


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20 December 2012 | SteveMierzejewski
5
| A failed attempt at creativity
Could someone please explain to me why the director, Joe Wright, chose to film this as stage sets? That was bad enough, but then there is the choreographed dances by office workers with people playing tubas strolling around... I have one more question. Did the director read the book? I mean, this is a serious look at love, morals, and society. Tolstoy asked the big questions and tried to use novels to work out the answers. It certainly was no joke to him. Okay, I understand, this work has been made into films and TV dramas many times. Wright knew he needed a new approach. However, in my opinion, this just wasn't it. After watching the choreographed office scenes, I felt that I could no longer take the film seriously.

I did not expect much from Keira Knightley, as I was afraid she would overact the role. However, she did all right. Not great, but all right. I've never been happy with any of the Annas in any of the adaptations. Garbo may have been the best. I have also never been happy with any of the Vronskys. In this adaptation, I was sad to see that Vronsky, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, was prettier than Anna. He was just too effeminate for me. I didn't see the charisma that he would have to possess in order to make an intelligent woman, like Anna, leave her family. The sense of a strong attraction between the two leads seemed lacking and, without this, the film loses credibility. There were a few touching moments, which is why I rated the film as high as 5, but, for the most part, the action left me, and most of the audience, unmoved.

If you want to see some well-designed sets and costumes, I suppose you can go and watch this, but don't expect to find much depth here, and don't expect to find Tolstoy's novel. Actually, the best advice I can give is to read the novel again. Then, you can decide for yourself if this new adaptation has any merit.

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