Anna Karenina

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Anna Karenina

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Set in late 19th century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Title: Anna Karenina
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Bonus features: commentary with director; Anna Karenina: an epic story about love; on set with director Joe Wright; dressing Anna; Keira as Anna; adapting Tolstoy; Anna Karenina: time-lapse photography; deleted scenes.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.
Summary: Set in late 19th century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Audience: MPAA Rating R for some sexuality and violence.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Awards, 2013: Best achievement in costume design.
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Report This Feb 23, 2014
  • NightGoat72 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Like every other Joe Wright film except Hanna, it's stylistically brilliant, but the content couldn't be less interesting. This guy deserves to be filming bolder projects.

Report This Feb 21, 2014
  • robt1212 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't recognize this as being anything to do with Tolstoy. What next? A musical comedy version of "Macbeth"?

Report This Feb 01, 2014
  • MadisonParkMilo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Worth watching for those into effectively stage presentations on video.

Report This Dec 16, 2013
  • kimrae rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was very surprised with this movie, and thought it to be very interesting the way it was directed.

Report This Dec 04, 2013
  • JMGP rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I watched the movie a few days after having finished the book. I think the movie highlighted key points in the book very well. The cast is excellent. Oblonsky, Dolly and Kitty are perfect. Levin is close to perfect. Vronsky was not what I pictured but, I think he suited Knightly. She was a far better Anna than I expected her to be. It is an artistically beautiful film to watch. Presenting the story as a stage play was a brilliant idea (and I'm sure the producers saved millions by avoiding shooting on location). Overall I think I understood the film more than my husband who hadn't read the book did. He enjoyed it, and followed the story, but we had a long discussion afterwards to further develop the characters and talk about scenes that were left out (obviously many).

"Anna Karenina" is one of my all-time favourite books that I had read in a very young age in Russian (my mother tongue). People who haven't read the book (it is a challenge to read those two volumes) probably will be confused by the movie because it is not an illustration of the book. This is a typical Tom Stoppard's "based on" derivative which assumes the knowledge of the base material. As an example of his method, I would recommend to watch "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead", a movie branching out of "Hamlet". Again, if you haven't read "Hamlet" you will not understand all the philosophical intricacies of this peculiar cult movie, but, if you have, you will greatly enjoy it.

Report This Oct 30, 2013
  • lcrayton2477 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I havent read the book but enjoyed the movie. I didnt know I was renting a play on film, I kept waiting for the cast to break out in song. I truely love the music and costumes but the constant theater set changes did distract from the story line.

Soooo confusing. I thought something was going to happen to make it better but nope. I did watch the whole thing though....the costumes were beautiful and hair and all but what a waste otherwise....

Report This Sep 03, 2013
  • surfing59 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This story was very depressing and sad. Though i can see how this could actually happen in real life. The way it is directed with the settings was very interesting yet confusing. Sometimes i didnt know where the scene took place. But the costumes were gorgeous!! Kiera Knightly and the rest of the cast had really beautiful outfits and dresses. The movie basically centers on the life of Anna Karenina and her affair with the count basically showing how her life was slowly spiralling downhill. The storyline overall was very dramatic and the ending was sad. But i reccomend seeing this movie for the beautiful costumes!

Report This Aug 23, 2013
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

in this case: stick to the written story. not worth the trouble and the scenes which appear on stage are just confusing. The written story is much, much better.

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Report This May 27, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln

Report This Apr 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Nikolai Levin: "Romantic love will be the last delusion of the old order."


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