Director Joe Wright reteams with Keira Knightley for this version of Anna Karenina, which boasts a script by Tom Stoppard. Knightley stars as the title character, a Russian woman who cheats on her respected husband (Jude Law) with a young soldier (Aaron Johnson) and suffers greatly for her betrayal. Wright sets the action in a theater, often segueing from scene to scene by utilizing different spaces within the same set. Anna Karenina screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
An amazingly elegant adaptation of a long novel in a spectacular mixture of theater and cinema. The Director's vision is worth seeing. This story has been produced many times, but this version is a must. Hats off to the screen writer & director for a unique experience.
Keira Knightley was superb in this as the lead character. And it was good to see her and Matthew Macfadyen in a movie together again, even if they weren't love interests. However, the way the movie was shot like a play was very distracting and it felt too rushed. The camera was moving around too much. Only at the end did it become better.
Dear Joe Walsh,
Was THIS Anna Karenina? I think not. Not only did you loose the plot you missed the feeling and texture that make the novel a masterpiece. Instead you have given us boring, pompous drivel full of haughty English accents.
I had to turn it off, wish I could get my money back.
Russian literature fan.
Classic story ruined by this scirpt writers interpretation. Beautiful gowns, good acting for the most part. I didn't care for the pairing of Anna and the solider. He just didn't own up to the part for me. Keira was very good as Anna. I was so looking forward to this movie and I was very disappointed. I would not recommend this movie even if you are a fan of the period classics.
While I appreciated the ambition of trying to fit the entire plot of Anna Karenina into a single movie, the pathway to complete this was distracting from the plot. However, the distraction ended about halfway through and the remainder of the movie was absolutely beautiful. Great performances
Cast was lacking other than Keira Knightly. Story seemed very predictable. Scenes seemed very badly portrayed. Not at all what I was expecting. Trailer made this movie look like it was going to be so much better. If you could get through the slow beginning, very poorly enertaining middle and skip to the end then you might find this movie enjoyable. The ending was good. Very sad to see she walked away from her son.