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Review by Darcon
The beauty of the novel is the development of characters to care about either liking or not liking them.
Most characters here do not evoke the same degree of caring.
The use of the play as the main vehicle places an extra distance between the viewer and the characters.
The director, Joe White, and screenplay writer Tom Stoppard have complicated the already difficult task of character development.
Anna has given up all for love, which, in other situations, would be laudable, but here infidelity, perhaps, the badge of adultery, undercuts any caring, any sense of sympathy or empathy for the characters.
Anna falls for the cavalry officer Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, a foppish character played by a totally miscast Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
I’m pretty sure Keira Knightley would have better taste in men or someone should have.
How anyone thought of him as lead actor material is beyond me.
The only thing I can figure is that in theory, having Taylor-Johnson’s weak performance would polish Knightley’s acting credibility; in fact it just makes everything worse.
She looks better because he is so bad isn’t a strategy to go to the bank with.
Many consider Tolstoy’s novel one of the great works of fiction of all time, the first great realistic novel, some say.
I wondered if Stoppard, who was a writer on Shakespeare in Love was so familiar with the work that he made assumptions about how much the viewer already knew about this story.
Such an assumption is a recipe for box office disaster, placing the film in more of a cult category than the desired big audience realm.
Levin, played by Domhnall Gleeson (who played Bill Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2) lives on his country estate after failing to win the love of Kitty.
By film’s end the two will exemplify the best of humanity when they have gotten back together.
Along the way there are some winter scenes in the country that can only aggravate the feeling that one is watching something inferior.
The winter home makes one think of the incredible ice palace scenes of Dr. Zhivago.
Not the kind of reminder that can help.
Dealing with similar themes of infidelity and the tragic, this movie has none of the grace.
Nominated for a Golden Globe?
Wait for the DVD before seeing this.
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