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This review is from: Anna Karenina [DVD] (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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Initial post: 6 Nov 2012 12:48:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Nov 2012 13:16:00 GMT
A customer says:
Completely agree with your review, and especially your comments regarding Knightley. She might look visually stunning to some, but she plays the same usual one-dimensional character, complete with limited range of facial expressions, as she does in all her films. It's like watching acting by numbers.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2013 22:00:50 GMT
KEEN SHOPPER says:
I agree! I nearly fell a sleep in the cinema. As I was watching this mess, I couldn't quite grasp the unwanted concept, one minute I thought I was watching a scene from My Fair Lady and then ..twilight zone. All in all I'm sorry to say it wasn't believable to me. The last scene with the train left me feeling quite irate, as I sat there for hours putting up with a choppy movie. But the popcorn was nice, expensive but ever so nice!
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2013 11:56:36 BDT
I did fall asleep ;)
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