a trip to the flicks {anna karenina}…

given that i’m quite partial to a period drama {as is my mum who is currently visiting}, director joe wright’s adaptation of tolstoy’s classic tale, anna karenina, seemed a sensible choice for an afternoon’s outing…

having not been exposed to any reviews or pre-release hype {including the telling movie poster herein}, i can report that we were more than a little taken aback by what awaited us…

pic-&-mix in hand, we had settled in for what we anticipated to be yet another story of love in its various forms {lost, found & unrequited} played out against a backdrop of grande stately homes & well-manicured gardens…

little did we realise we were, instead, to be instantaneously transported to centre stage of a lively theatre production complete with pulley ropes & catwalks, stage lights & counterweights: indeed, a fair chunk of this film is set {& filmed} within a playhouse &, whilst it does allow for some dramatic imagery {imagine a horse race being played out on stage}, it takes more than a little getting used to…

at times, scene transitions are simply executed using painted backdrops which emerge effortlessly from the wings or are lowered to stage by ropes… at other times, as if in a nod to narnia, humble stage doors serve as portals to other worlds entirely: exit stage left & characters are somehow magically transported from a ballroom to a snow-covered field many miles away…

this would be easier to adjust to if these theatrical elements were used consistently throughout… but that would be too simple! instead, the action flits back & forth between movie set & centre stage: a little like a cross between moulin rouge {minus the singing} & the duchess

i’m sure there’s a deeper meaning to be drawn from it all, but i’ll leave that to the experts to explain!

what i will say is, if you can get your head around the back & forth of it all, there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours on a gloomy afternoon…

but, if not, at least you can sit back & enjoy the exquisite costumes & breathtaking stage sets…

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2 thoughts on “a trip to the flicks {anna karenina}…

  1. This is one of those movies I’ll likely have to go see alone, haha, as I don’t know who would go with me. I’m intrigued by your review! I love Kiera Knightley and period movies.

    • hiya… definitely not one for the average lad i think! to be honest i did enjoy it overall, but it is odd… my mum, i think, was bored senseless as she kept leaning over & asking me if i was bored! haha… i think i would recommend it, but it’s definitely not everyone’s cuppa!

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