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This weekend I went to see the Oscar`s Nominee "Anna Karenina", directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley.
I really wanted to see this movie, because I started reading the book I few weeks ago and I`m really liking it. So the movie is about a classic in litterature, but I found that Wright took a new and unexpected turn in directing it. And I`m digging it!
Infact it seems that the whole movie happens in a theater, the scenes change very quickly (maybe to simbolize how fast and fake the life in citie like Moscow and Petersburg might be), while the scenes settled in the country were really shooted outside. i liked this approach to a movie that could have really easily become boring. Quite the opposite, the dialogues were fast and entertaining and the music (by cthe italian composer Dario Marianelli) complemented the scenes.
For what concerns the characters, I don`t want to spend any word on Anna-Keira, because I think her performances in thsi type of movies are just outstanding, Wright couldn`t choose a better Anna. Though I would like to talk about Jude Law`s performance as Alexei Karenin (Anna`s husband). First of all, if I didn`t knew he was playing in this movie I could have never recognised him with that beard! I haven`t seen much of him lately, but he played the part of the compassionate, hurted and busy husband as perfection to me. I was used to remember him in those kinda-sexy movies like Alfie and this part, totally unexpected, brought him much higher in my evaluation scale.
Last, the costumes. Do I even have to talk about them? Costume designer Jacqueline Durran totally earned that Academy Award she won last night.
The reason I think this movie is so weel-made is also the team, that has history togheter. Infact, Wright,Knightley, Durran and Marianelli worked togheter in Atonement (must see movie and must read book & for which Marianelli won the Academy Award for Best original Score) and Pride and Prejudice.
I give this movie and 8/5, go see it!!
Lots of love :)
*Picture`s not mine.*