“Anna Karenina” is a beautiful, theatrical film set in 19th-century Russia. However, despite the clever change of scenes, my attention span for the movie dropped off pretty quickly. The theatre I was sitting in was rather warm, it was after a long day, so I’m factoring that into the fact that parts of the movie made me feel sleepy.
Keira Knightley who always seems to play the classic heroine did a fantastic job, but her opposites, Jude Law as her husband and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as her lover simply did not gel for me. The story of Anna Karenina tells the tale of a dramatic affair that she has with Count Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson). It’s filled with passion, regret, and a little bit of madness, but the whole time I was watching it I thought, I bet the book is better.
Had there been more chemistry between the leading lady and her men, I really might have connected with the movie more. But as it was, I felt unconvinced by the love between anyone in the film. It was magical to watch based on the scenery and costuming. The plot was enticing and promising, but the language and the character interaction left me yawning.
Final rating: Leave it (Not a fan, but if you’re a fan of the book or Keira Knightley, you might feel differently.)
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