Disappointing, stagey, irritatingly pretentious film that butchers a classic novel
- Anna Karenina review by PV
I had high hopes for this film - which is perhaps why I am so disappointed.
Yes, it's adapted by a great writer - Tom Stoppard. But, as those finanical adverts put it, 'past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future success'. He messes with the novel something rotten.
The director too seems to think he's making a film for his luvvies down the local state-subsidised theatre, or perhaps for the Edinburgh fringe. This movie is strictly for theatre fans and luvvies - though I watched it with a theatre lover and she hated it! It's neither Arthur nor Martha - but half a film and half a stage play. In other words, a right royal mess!
This film is largely set in a theatre - for some incomprehensibe reason. Budget maybe? But hey - they budget on this movie was rather large: they could afford top actors and one of Britain's most famous writers!
How much better this would have been if it had been made as a traditional historical story - like Dr Zhivago (a superb movie) or a movie like the Danish 'A Royal Affair': now THAT Is good storytelling.
Not sure about Aaron Johnson or Macfadyon in their roles either - I kept thinking of John Lennon and Spooks! Keira Wotsit does her usual coy ting.
1.5 stars rounded down because I'm so disappointed!
This will pass 2 hours relatively harmlessly (though a little confusingly, seeing as there are so many characters and many look alike).
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Nice costumes - pity about the rest of it
- Anna Karenina review by RP
Hmmm... It's not very often that I don't watch a film all the way to the end, even really bad ones. Yet I switched this off after about 15 minutes - I'd had enough.
Back in the days when I had a very long commute I read a selection of Russian classics: Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina' and also Sholokov's 'And Quiet Flows the Don' and Pasternak's 'Doctor Zhivago' come to mind, if only for their length :)
So I was interested to see this film - but what's this? The lightweight Kiera Knightly playing yet another lightweight role in pretty-pretty clothes, and the 'action' mostly set on a theatre stage?
I found it unwatchable. Perhaps someone will come along and tell me that I missed a classic - but I don't care and consider that I've had a narrow escape from over 2 hours of tedious boredom.
Nice costumes - pity about the rest of it. 1/5 stars - I hated it.
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- Anna Karenina review by BY
this film had a good story and was in the main well acted. The problem with it though was the confusing part where it was half filmed in the theatre. Maybe this was art house and the directors vision, but it was half film half theatre and for us didn't really work for that reason.
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