Anna Karenina

Monday, September 26 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Anna Karenina

JOY REVIEW

Anna Karenina is the screenplay by Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, where Keira Knightley plays Anna who is kind of a bored young wife of Jude Law. She goes to visit her brother, who’s wife is about to leave him, and runs into the cute, sexy Vronsky, who I thought was kind of lifeless in this, and the chaos that entails; it’s the part that Jude Law would have had 15 years ago.  As far as I was concerned, they did something very interesting by making the story essentially a stage play.  The costumes are fantastic, the scenery is beautiful, and the cinematography is very good, but it becomes very passionless.  The reason is Vronsky, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is just too young and although he’s appropriately blonde, he doesn’t seem very smart.  You don’t really understand the passion about why Anna would go over the deep end and she just becomes sort of whiny.  While I thought the costumes were wonderful and Keira was okay in this, the movie really lacked a passionate center for me, and the only way to understand this kind of love affair is having the passion be out of control.  Two and a half stars.

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