Keira Knightley and a film depiction of a 19th-century Tolstoy classic are two reasons good enough to check out the 2012 film Anna Karenina. During the recent Academy Awards, I was deeply fascinated with the previews that nomination videos were able to show me and I decided to get myself a copy. While this special film was eclipsed by the numerous awards garnered by other films nominated in the same category, I still believe that this film had its own merits.
Depicting Tolstoy on film is a difficult feat, what with this particular 19th century novel being hailed as one of the best classics of Russian literature in that period. At the most, the film was successfully able to take magnificent screenshots of the great details found in the novel. Reading parts of a classic translation of the book unveiled to me that some dialogues on the film depiction were indeed lifted or taken directly from Tolstoy’s prose.
Of particular interest to me is the single stage setting where everything that happens on the film used a single location. Despite this, the artistic design and rendering of the scenes were impeccable, making easily known to viewers what particular scene or snapshot is being depicted. It actually helped prepare me to read more of Tolstoy’s popular novel; I had the copy for 2 years now but I never got around to reading it. I guess now is the time to continue reading. The movie definitely helped me imagine the characters.