Skip to content

“Anna Karenina,”

I got a little “movied out,” and fell behind on my Oscar nominee watching.

Yesterday, I tackled “Anna Karenina.”  Loved One was in no mood to watch any more movies with me.  Duckie is nursing a twisted knee, so she elevated her leg and watched with me OnDemand.  I know, I know, my movie fatigue is showing through my lead.

I read Anna Karenina way back in college.  Such a good, good book.  So good, I wished to never spoil my mind’s version of all the characters.  If you feel that way, put your fears aside, Jude Law gives me a sexier, broodier version of Alexei Vronsky than my 19 year-old college mind could possibly render.

Most of the movie takes place in a theatre:  on stage, in the audience, and behind the scenes.  A little distracting at first, but all-in-all, I loved the technique.  Back-stage provided insight into back-story and thought.  The scenes from the audience represented lives being observed.  When I think about the themes of Tolstoy’s novel:  love, pursued, lost, found, unrequited; the price of our decision; the impact social convention has on our lives; the meaning of life, Joe Wright‘s film-making decisions are superb.

Superfluous, bourgeois, and bourgeoisie are all words I learned in my Russian Literature class way back when.  “Anna Karenina” brings definition to these words through set, costume, and moving main actors through a frozen scene.  All this came through even on the small screen.  The movie is as thought-provoking as the book, which says a lot from this book-worm who almost always feels the movie falls short.

I’m not sure what category “Anna Karenina” should win, but it surely is a winner.

As an aside: You’ll also see Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) from “Downton Abby,” and Bill Weasley (Domhnall Gleeson) from the “Harry Potter” movies.

Note:  I have little to note about Keira Knightley.  I’m sure she was superb, as she always is.  It’s just that my eyes stayed glued to Jude Law.  (Sigh)


Enhanced by Zemanta

Published inThingsUncategorized


  1. Thanks for the link — I think we can agree that the costumes were superb, Jude Law was quite lovely. I’ll add a plug for Matthew MacFayden… Best, G

    • Adela Adela

      Oh Yes, MacFayden is superb as well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

%d bloggers like this: