16/09/2012

A night at the movies: Joe Wright's Anna Karenina

A while back, I realised I was just living my days one after the other, forgetting to enjoy things as much as I used to way back when I had time... I sometimes go through phases like this in my life when the whole work-life balance tips dangerously towards work and I suddenly wake up and wonder if it's all worth it in the end. Of course this is a situation often lived by working mammas, and for me it's usually an easy fix. All it takes is to take a breath and try to do something different, just for me. 

So on Friday evening I joined one of my girlfriends (another workaholic mama who was certainly a juggler in a previous life), and, having left our babas with their respective daddies, we went to see the new Anna Karenina movie. 


Of course I'd read the slightly unflattering reviews but still, as a fan of Russian literature, I really wanted to see what it was all about. For me, the most striking aspect of this movie was its mise-en-scène, literally how we seem to be looking on the late-days Imperial Russian society as if it were a theatre with the main characters being scrutinized and observed by everyone. In my opinion, and having had some time to think about it and go over my initial surprise at some scenes appearing to take place in the back wings of a theatre, or the races suddenly being taken indoors, I think this is a great way to put emphasis on the characters, the story, and of course the performance of the actors. 

I also loved the amazing choice of costumes and accessories, frankly not so much late 19th century seeing as we're missing all the rich and opulent embroidery and more 1950s in the choice of cuts and fabrics, but it was all fabulous nevertheless. For a fashion and jewellery lover, a must see. 

Then the characters... hmmm, that's a tricky one. I found Keira Knightley to be a good Anna, although I wish her expressions and acting changed a bit from movie to movie (some scenes were reminiscent of The Duchess), but for me the best act were Jude Law's Karenin (I didn't recognise Jude Law at first!), so just and precise, loved it!

All in, definitely not a movie for everyone, but if you like an artistic and original take on a well-read story, this is for you... I loved how the tragedy is encased in the exquisite theatre come puppet show scenery and how some scenes are alsmot musical-like (thankfully, without the singing). 

Have a good Sunday dear friends and until my next post, xxx. 

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