I finally managed to get through the book Anna Karenina by Tolstoy last year thanks hugely to the audiobook and it took me almost as long to finally see the movie with Kiera Knightley.
And I was in my glory. Costumes! Setting & Stage!! DANCING! Drama, drama, drama. I was really enjoying it. I was approving of the unique styling and stage movements and yes, even the casting.
He was not commanding enough. To be totally honest, he reminded me of Gene Wilder. Now, I love Gene Wilder!! but not as Vronsky.
This interpretation of AK just did not have me convinced that Anna would throw her life away for love with that man. I don’t buy it. Of course, I really can’t quite agree that Tolstoy convinced me either. And thus was too distracted in the viewing and began to analyze rather than being swept into the story. I started looking at the reviews on IMDB.com. Whoa. There are some serious haters there!
Overall, I enjoyed it enough visually and I respect the daring to interpret through a stage production concept but I did not become too enamored. But that’s OK; I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, either.
Book post —> here <–.