Anna Karenina 2012

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Tom Stoppard pens this Academy Award-nominated adaptation of Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love, directed by Joe Wright and boasting a star-studded British cast headed by Kiera Knightley and Jude Law. Trapped in a loveless marriage and the ongoing fallout of a family crisis, Anna (Knightley) falls uncontrollably in love with charming and affluent bachelor Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson). But as Anna falters to make a decision about leaving her husband, government official Karenin (Law), Vronsky continues to pursue his social life, leading Anna into a growing paranoia about his infidelities that eventually leads to tragic consequences.

Starring:
Jude Law, Aaron Johnson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew MacFadyen, Emily Watson, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Williams, Kelly MacDonald, Keira Knightley
Director Joe Wright
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 5 April 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew MacFadyen, Emily Watson, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Williams, Kelly MacDonald, Keira Knightley
Director Joe Wright
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 5 April 2013
Main languages English

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Since it is impossible to do justice in a two hour film to such a celebrated classic, with its focus on inner thoughts, it is probably a good decision to try a different take, in this case the ploy of setting most of the scenes in a theatre, not just on the stage but in the wings, the walk-ways above the podium, the stalls and so on.

So, the audience is watching a film of a play of a book. This has the benefit of conveying a sense of the restrictions and conventions which may have driven Anna to "break out" and give expression to her love for Vronsky, but which also made it impossible for her to be accepted by society afterwards. On the other hand, the theatrical confines may make some scenes seem too stylised, artificial and therefore less moving e.g. the whispered gossip and disapproval of Anna's affair. I was also often unconvinced by the frequent technique of freezing minor characters into the pose of statues, to highlight say, the image of Anna and Vronsky falling in love as they dance together in a world of their own.

I was glad not to need subtitles, since many scenes are quite visually complex, requiring close attention to pick up all the fleeting impressions used to convey a good deal. Tom Stoppard's script is very effective, clear and unpretentious. I could hear every word, which is often not the case. There are some striking scenes such as a horse race in the theatre in which an audience becomes a crowd of real people, only to be replaced by characters painted on a stage backdrop.

All the actors perform well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sevvysgirl on 26 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
I think, right from the outset, this film perhaps tries a little too hard, and consequently comes across as being somewhat presumptuous and overly clever: Maybe the phrase 'just because you can, doesn't mean you have to' applies, and it may have been better to have simply gone with 'less is more'. Therefore, setting the action on a stage (rather confusing at first) seems like an odd choice. I'm sure that no one can deny the film looks stunningly beautiful - not least the elfine, delicate and enigmatic (if only her acting skills would match) Ms. Knightley, who always seems to be playing herself (i.e. 'Keira') in whatever role she undertakes.

Clearly at the heart of it all, the director is trying to put across a message about 19th century morality and the fact that what was "good for the gander" clearly wasn't "for the goose"; women were definitely not supposed to live, or attempt to live, like a man in a man's world.

There were some stand out performances - notably Jude Law playing the part of the upright, staid, and rather straight-laced husband, Alexei Karenin and Domhnall Gleeson in the role of landowner Levin - who ends up marrying beautiful young aristocrat Kitty (Alicia Vikander) who's a lot deeper than her original shallow behaviour might convey, and whose relationship subtly and cleverly shows the contrast with the rather spoilt Anna. Count Vronsky doesn't really convince here as 'temptation material' - though each to their own as they say - and the role would, perhaps, have been better in the hands of a more charasmatic, established and dashing actor (no offence to Aaron Taylor-Johnson who played the part, and who, in fairness, was rather restricted by the 'stage-confined' script.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Cynic on 20 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
I had already seen the reviews of this film so was prepared for the somewhat odd theatrical take on it. Having read the book many many years ago I went with an open mind, but to be honest I found the overall effect to be strange and somewhat disengaging. There was undoubted spectacle about it, and from a visual perspective some scenes were stunning, but at the end of the day I found the film disjointed and difficult to follow as it seemed to jump between the conventional and the surreal.

Keira Knightley looking predictably stunning in some wonderful costumes, is sadly not a convincing character actress as I find I can never forget I am watching Keira rather become immersed in the character she is portraying(very much the same about her role as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice)

I was unprepared for Jude Laws knock out performance as the tormented Karenin. I have never been a great fan of this actor, but I honestly believe his performance is award worthy. Unlike Keira Knightleys 'Anna', Jude Law became the personification of his character, and the film was worth watching for his performance alone. Matthew McFaddyn was also a delight to watch as Annas errant brother

Sadly, I left the cinema feeling oddly unmoved, and feeling that the movie could have given audiences much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 5 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
This has to be by far one of the best romance films I have ever had the pleasure of watching, I came across it on my Amazon instant video, the chemistry between Knightley & Taylor-Johnson as Anna & Vronsky is reason enough to rate this 5 stars, I felt they were destined to play these roles and completely fell in love with their portrayal, not to mention the costumes and look of the film were beautiful, as it is only 2 hours long naturally they haven't been able to fit in every detail of Tolstoy's masterpiece, but for me they fitted in enough to make this film truly brilliant, the ONLY criticism I have to mention is the ending! It is rushed and we don't see any character reaction, but apart from that, if you love a tragic love story with an overload of passion then this is a must see, and better yet PURCHASE THE NOVEL, if you are an avid reader and haven't touched a single Tolstoy work then you need to start with Anna Karenina!
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