Anna Karenina Review


Anna Karenina is a 2012 romantic drama film.

Directed by: Joe Wright

Starring: Keira Knightly, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor Johnson

Full of British actors of the highest quality the entertainment industry could demand to portray the characters based on a novel created by Leo Tolsoy, set on Moscow in the 19th century. But, this is not the first time the novel has been adapted. Russian, American, British and Egyptian, have hall had their versions. It must a very compelling story to recieve such attention and various vissioins, and I can assure you that this version makes the film the most artsy production of 2012.

I'm a sucker for love stories, as I am a hopeless romantic, but at times affairs are double edged swords and you never know who you are going to want to be happy, because in the end, everyone is unhappy. From what I gathered, at the age of 18, Anna Karenina (Knightley) married her husband Alexi Karenin in an arranged marriage, both with a son to their name and fortune. She meets Count Vronsky (Johnson) and they both fall in love. This is the basic understanding of the story. Though it may sound like all will be well, it's has it's very own spin on the story of Romeo and Juliet with a touch of Henry VII.

While the movie didn't win me over the way it could have, it gets an A+ for it's art direction. It opens and closes like an opera and a theater production. It reminds you of this when the camera does not break the 180 rule, and turns into a movie when it goes full 360. An obvious assurance for an Oscar nomination and wouldn't surprise me if it did win. Though the indoor horse race had me a bit confused, it did look entertaining.

My stand on the affair is simple: Marriages like these, one of the two is bound to be hurt and will retaliate (murder or a simple divorce with a well earned slap to the face), and the other will finally find happiness, and like Karma, will bite them in their perfectly formed arse. It's not fair to either party, and teaches us the lessons of life. Regardless if being my cup of tea or not, the performances from the trio cast members, they lead as examples, proving their position in the business, and that if you play the lead in a movie like Kick Ass, doesn't mean you can't branch out and shine.

Overall, a lovely feast for the eyes, but really, for me, that's about it.

  • Story

  • Acting

  • Directing

  • Visuals

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