In Russian high-society, an daring aristocrat Anna Karenina begins a life-changing affair that tests real love with the affluent Count Vronsky.
The romance drama film explores the amount of love a person’s heart can consume through their happiness and despair within a marriage.
Academy Award nominee, the beautiful Keira Knightley stars as Anna with a sharp performance being a mother and wife. Married to the government official, Alexei Karenin (bearded but still sexy Jude Law) who delivers an exceptional role by belittling others based on his own level of tolerance.
Then Anna’s brother, Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) commits adultery with the family’s former governess and is caught by his unhappily married wife Dolly (Kelly Macdonald). In order to save her brother, Anna persuades Dolly to take him back. From this venture, Anna finds a spark with Count Vronsky (blond attractive Aaron Taylor-Johnson) during a dance that leads to him eventually declaring his love for her. It’s almost as though they’re frozen in time in their own world while the score plays which resembles a scene in Pride & Prejudice, perhaps an inspiring influence?!
There are moments where the art form translates into a mirror when Oblonsky’s friend, the wealthy idealist Levin (Domhnall Gleeson) proposes to the Kitty (Alicia Vikander) also being courted by Count Vronsky. There’s a connection within the love square as sacrifices are made among couples.
Shot by Shepperton Studios in Surrey, the film captures a bold creation of cinema captivating the viewer in each scene with themes of social status and norms, vanity, beauty and death accompanied by melodic scores. In all, it was a creative attempt to portray Tolstoy’s world of literature.