Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel has been made into a film several times over the last century and now a new audience will see the latest interpretation of the story about forbidden love in, Anna Karenina. The year is 1874 and socialite Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) is unhappily married to the well-known and highly respected Russian aristocrat, Karenin (Jude Law). While on a short trip, she meets a young Cavalry officer named Count Bronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and it’s love at first sight. Faster than you can say adultery, Anna is the talk of high society, but she can’t divorce her husband because he would be ruined and humiliated. Even if she could divorce her husband, if she married Bronsky, his military career would be ruined. Dilemma, right? Well, before she can make a choice, Anna becomes pregnant and Count Bronsky vows his love for her, so she talks to Karenin and they separate. This is where Anna’s life resembles a downhill luge. Not only did her place in high society hit the skids, but also her place in Count Bronsky’s heart, which ultimately leads to tragedy. This is a great story with good acting and according to my wife, fantastic costume design. Parts of the film are engaging and others are just lame. Director Joe Wright tries something new and it could be viewed as either very original or very distracting. He shoots the film like a stage play with music from the soundtrack playing the entire first half of the movie – even through the dialogue. Without the visual distractions, it sounded like the music I would normally hear in a comedy. When we were eventually able to block out the music and my wife had figured out that the faux stage was irrelevant to the story, we were both totally irritated. Keira Knightley did an excellent job of portraying the lead character, but a stronger, more aggressive actress may have led the audience to believe that the bold style was imaginative. (I think the director was just trying to show off.) I’m going to give this unique film a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.