There have been dramas about love that have been charming and poignant and then there have been love stories that have been terrible, cringe worthy and awkward – Anna Karenina fits in with the first; it is a superb example of how to direct a well written drama about love and passion that is refreshingly different to anything else. It is both fascinatingly beautiful to look at with its 19th century setting as well as being quietly poetic with Knightly performing admirably as Anna, though sometimes overly pretentious and annoying. I respect the costume designers, writers and actors for their attention to detail in trying to get everything perfect, from the array of emotions portrayed to the art direction that uses elements of theatre and cinema that helps keep this film fresh and original, but it isn’t quite perfect – you need to be patient and attentive and if you’re not, you’ll get frustrated and annoyed with this modern adaption of Tolstoy’s classic.
Image from: Anna Karenina, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here