The novel, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy has been adapted into multiple films, plays, ballets, operas and so on, my favorite having been the most recent film adaptation from 2012 starring Keira Knightly, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly MacDonald, and Domhnall Gleeson. When it first came out I was a little apprehensive as I was told by a friend of mine it was set on a stage. I'm not too keen on movies with a stage like feel so I put off watching it. It recently became available on my HBO Go so I decided to sit down and finally watch it and boy was I impressed! The movie is visually stunning and the acting wonderful. Within the first 5 minutes you totally forget that the entire movie is set on a stage as it all blends in. I loved this adaptation so much I rewatched it again a few days later and then a few days after that. I am a huge fan of Keira Knightly and thought she did an excellent job at portraying Anna.
Anna is a wealthy socialite and the wife of a prominent statesman Alexei Karenin (Law) in imperial Russia in 1874. She visits her brother Stiva (Macfadyen) in Moscow to convince his wife Dolly (MacDonald), who he has cheated on, to forgive him. While visiting she meets a dashing, young Count Alexei Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson) who she later falls in love with and the two ultimately have an affair. Throughout the entire movie as she goes through the ups and downs of her scandalous affair you can eventually only feel pity and sadness for her. Along with the stunning scenery in the film is the downright gorgeous costumes specifically worn by Knightly. Talk about amazing! On a side note, I am so jealous Knightly as over her film career she has gotten to wear the most stunning period attire ever (major girl crush). So take a look at some photos from the film and judge for yourself when it comes to the amazing scenery and costumes.
All in all, I would give this film a pretty solid A-. Like I said before I am a pretty big Keira Knightly fan and really liked her in this. It was also interesting to see Matthew Macfadyen play her somewhat goofy brother, the complete opposite from his character alongside Knightly in Pride & Prejudice, but he was surprisingly convincing, and Jude Law as her boring, semi unattractive, cold husband (I mean Jude Law semi unattractive, what!?). So have any of you caught the latest version of this film? If so, what did you think about it? Did you love the costumes in the film like I did? xo, Kayleigh (thegottahaveitgirl.com)