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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Movie Review: "Anna Karenina" (2012)

"Anna Karenina" was just named the best book in Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Books was most definitely NOT on its Top 100 Movies list. It's not a bad movie, it's just nowhere near that level. And I've never read the book, so I don't know if that's worthy of being number 1 on a Top 100 Books list...

So..."Anna Karenina" the 2012 based on the novel stars Keira Knightley as the title character. She is a socialite and is married to Alexei Karenin (played by Jude Law) at the height of Imperial Russia in the 1870s. She journeys to Moscow to help convince her brother Stiva's wife Dolly (Stiva is played by Matthew Macfadyen & Dolly by Kelly Macdonald) to take Stiva back after he has an affair with their governess. While in Moscow, Anna meets Count Alexei Vronsky (played Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who she then has an affair with (this is apparently common knowledge, so I don't feel as if this is a spoiler). While Anna is carrying on her affair, Stiva's friend Dimitrivich Levin (played by Domhnall Gleeson) falls in love with Stiva's sister-in-law Kitty (played by Alicia Vikander). Kitty is not interested in Levin, she wants Vronsky. But Anna's affair with Vronsky prevents Kitty from being with him. Kitty & Levin eventually fall in love & get married...and this is a pure, wonderful love affair, unlike Anna's.

Sound like a soap opera yet? To me, that's what this movie felt like. My summary is very brief as there are many ins & outs of all these relationships. I found this movie to be somewhat boring in spite of the drama associated with the relationships between all of the characters. It is a well-made movie with beautiful costumes and the dance scene at the beginning of the movie is wonderfully choreographed. And Knightley's portrayal of Anna is excellent, proving yet again how good she is as an actress.

Overall, this movie was just OK...6.0/10 stars

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