Let me start this review with a disclaimer. I have not read the book, nor have I seen previous cinematic recreations of Anna Karenina. Up until tonight, I was a Tolstoy virgin.
The basic plot of Anna Karenina revovles around a married 19th century Russian aristocrat who embarks on an affair with dashing calvary officer with scandalous results.
Keira Knightley is the title character, Jude Law is her husband and Aaron Johnson is the calvary officer.
My main draw to see this movie was the cast and Joe Wright’s history of making a credible leap from novel to film. One of the strengths of this film is Joe Wright’s ability to use actors who he knows will work for the role and with the other actors.
Would I order this movie on DVD? Probably not, but if it was on TV and nothing else was on, I would probably watch it.