Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Anna Karenina

I'm glad I watched this (at this point in time I'll watch any Joe Wright film), but this one didn't particularly work for me. Just way too much theatricality imposed on the medium of film, and what ultimately happens is that the film just distances itself from the audience. Keira is excellent as the doomed title character and Joe Wright breaks out every directing trick he has (and he's got a lot), but all those tricks just get in the way of the story instead of helping it along. See it for the costumes, the Steadicam shots, and Keira's expressive face.

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