As a fan of Tolstoi’s novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the new film adaptation. I tend to get very excited whenever a book I love is taken to the big screen, but along the years I have experienced some pretty bad adaptations.
This time I was expecting something epic.
Keira Knightley portrays Anna so delicately yet sensually, and I deeply enjoy her acting. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was such a delight; his interpretation of Count Vronsky was so enchantingly dark, which I loved.
The choice of actors for every role was pretty accurate, I reckon. The whole setting was stunning; the idea of putting the sets of the play in the movie was fantastic and the visual effects and photography was magical and gorgeous. It really transported me to Russia in 1874. Also, the costumes were incredibly real and sophisticated, they cause a great impact through the whole film
The film was very romantic and having read the novel, I believe that the director’s interpretation of the way Tolstoi described “love” was kind of mistaken. I don’t think “Anna Karenina” was written as a love story, but it is about love and the misfortunes that come with it.
Joe Wright, the director, approached the story in a way I never imagined, but he delivered. Perhaps I was a little biased by my love for the book, but I really enjoyed this film. There was something missing, but yet it captivated me and left me thoroughly satisfied.
He looks at her, she looks at him, and they start to feel the magic within.