I stuck with it for the season finale, but I wish I had not.
These characters are poorly written, unlikable , not very interesting- and annoying for the most part.
I was OK with Robert in the beginning, he was quirky and spontaneous- funny sense of humor.
His absurd social random outbursts make me wonder if he has high functioning autism? His often lack of empathy at odd moments is too random.
Francis is where it all goes bad for me. She's a married woman having an affair in the first episode, tells her husband at a party (no less) that she wants a divorce, changes her mind when her lover rejects her because he likes things the way they are in his life.
It's difficult to like anything about her. Even the kids were unlikable for the first couple of episodes. Her lover "Julian" unlikable.
Unless someone can promise me a war of the roses ending I won't be back for season two- this fiasco's likely final season.
Anna Kerenina isn't a warm and fuzzy story. I can't help but believe much of the negativity is about the character herself and her flaws and not about the movie, but no disrespect intended to those who feel it does not measure up to the novel.
What I appreciated about this movie was that the underlying message seems to be that if you live your life the right way the possibility of long term happiness is simply more achievable.
Keira Knightley is as usual chosen for the neurotic mess she seems to play so well, or perhaps it is that she is the one dimensional actress many believe she is. I don't think she did a bad job, and other then some considerable over acting this is one of her more respectable roles. Jude Law steps away from his usual steamy hot self and does a really good job being a decent but distant husband, and the general theatrical way in which the movie was filmed was a noble effort and I respected its originality.
Anna Karenina works for me because I fully appreciate a snapshot of a time so distant and a world away. The clothes, the style, the usual hypocrites associated with money and status- this is not the best but hardly the worst movie I have seen this year. I found it to be enjoyable but a movie without any twists and turns and everything played out pretty much the way you would expect it to.