Friday, December 7, 2012

Anna Karenina - 4.5/5


However you pronounce the name won't matter because this film is a work of art. Just look at the poster. Look at it! Stunning and beautiful. The film is the same way in regards to cinematography, costume, music, acting and story.

I was not familiar with the book by Leo Tolstoy. His books seem too big and grand and scare me so i hate to say i have not read them. But they are classics for a reason and from watching this film adaptation i can see why. Wow, what a finely woven story about love from all angles. Do we have a choice in love? Is there a difference between love and lust? What endures more love or passion? I think you will find that this movie will have you asking yourself these questions and more. We all have our own perspective and ideas of what love is now imagine the scenario that Anna Karenina is in. Married at 18 and did not realize what love was. An opportunity expresses itself and choices are made at the risk of losing everything.

I found it a bit difficult to follow at first because i was unfamiliar with the story and did not know the characters but at first viewing i think i got the gist of it. There is lot in here that i think is worthy of discussion. But even if you are bored to death, which i'm sure many would be, you can at least enjoy the most incredible music your ears have ever heard. The composer is Dario Marianelli and he also did the soundtrack for Atonement which i think won an oscar or at least was nominated. Remember that theme that had the typewriter sound effects in it? So great!

This is the third movie with Keira Knightly and these writers. They also did Atonement and Pride and Prejudice. Keira was so engaging to watch. She really sells her part as well as all the actors. Lets talk about the filming for a second. Do you ever notice the editing choices like i do? Well if not, then pay attention to takes where there is no editing for extended periods of time. Wow! Such, choreography and  well timed cues have to go into those shots to pull them off. There are a few in this film that are just amazing.

This adaptation, and there have been many, is a fresh take on the story. Its as if the entire movie is taking place on a stage. So creative and symbolic. As i said at the beginning, this is simply a work of art!

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