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Anna Karenina
Opens Nov. 16, 2012. Run time: 2 hr. 10 min.

for some sexuality and violence

A bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.




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Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen
Director: Joe Wright
Written by: Leo Tolstoy, Tom Stoppard
Producer: Tim Bevan, Paul Webster
Genres: Drama


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"Anna Karenina": classic story smothered by style

"Anna Karenina": classic story smothered by style 

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. By Matt Mueller - Dec. 3, 2012 10:24 a.m.
"Anna Karenina," a retelling of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, is packed to the lim … Read more...

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Forget that the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's sweeping romance novel comes from the man who brought us the slick-but-stuffy Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Every frame of director Joe Wright's Anna Karenina is a wonder to behold, overflowing with visual spectacle and roaring performances. Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and the rest of the cast fit perfectly in the high drama epic, but it's really Wright's playground. Following Hanna, an artful spin on the action movie, Wright returns to the period drama, but injects it with dazzling, daring choices. A book like Anna Karenina could once fit in reality, but its larger-than-life legacy precedes it.

Wright acknowledges that from frame one, approaching the film like a grand ballet or opera, where grand gestures, broad emotions, and overt theatrics are commonplace. That vision clicks, transforming Anna Karenina into an exhilarating moviegoing experience. The storyline of Anna Karenina isn't far off from a daytime soap: It's 1874 and Anna (Knightley) is floating through existence as the wife of influential government player Karenin (Law). But when her brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) summons her to Moscow to save his marriage, Anna's entire world is shaken up. She meets Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson), a cavalry hunk who finds himself smitten with the taken lady.

She's in the same boat: The two strike up a flirtatious relationship that evolves into one of sexual passion. A scandalous affair would incite trouble in the preset day, but in the 19th century, it's the ultimate crime. Quickly, Anna's life comes crumbling down. The intertwining melodrama of Anna Karenina earned the novel its classic status, but Wright uses the material as a launching pad for imagination rather than a tome to translate to screen. Many of the scenes are staged in a theater, creating an instant awareness of the production.

Sets shift and are reconstructed into new rooms; actors costume change in the span of single shots; action sequences, like a thrilling horse race, are conducted on stage with special effects you might see on Broadway. Wright works this sort of stylization in the other direction too; a character could walk an empty stage, open a door, and suddenly be on a snow-covered hill. Anna Karenina isn't the first film to use the effect, but in Wright's hands, it's exhilarating. The movie is Wright's third collaboration with Knightley, and easily their most successful. Knightley never struggles to stay on the same page as the heightened material, whether she's nailing a dance sequence or breaking down in a flood of tears.

Casting an ensemble around Knightley is no easy task, but Taylor-Johnson gives his best work yet as the debonair love interest, and Macfadyen steals the show with moments of physical comedy. We have expectations of the texture and structure of period romances. Anna Karenina defies them. Masterpiece Theater it is not. Hollywood.com rated this film 4 stars.-Matt Patches.

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