Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books. I've ready it many times, and I put off watching this latest movie because
1. Keira Knightley is in it and she is such a lightweight. If she can't pull off Elizabeth Bennet, how would anyone expect her to go into a deep character study that is Anna?
2. It just looked to lush and "Moulin Rouge" for the storyline. (FYI Camille is another of my favorite books, and I liked the "Moulin Rouge" take.)
So today it's on television. For free. This is the right price, so I'm up for it. In all honesty, I have NO idea how the opening sequences related to the story. None of the characters are given any depth and the idea of falling for a wimpy Vronsky are laughable. You wouldn't give up your Tolstoy T-shirt for that guy, much less your whole life and social status.
The movie jumps all over the storyline, never allowing you to care for a single character. It only leaves you wondering what this scene is about and why it's in the movie. It was so jumpy, I wondered if cocaine was back in style in Hollywood. Did the 80's call?
Admittedly, I did not make it to the torrid affair, so if it did get passionate, I missed it. Luckily, I did not miss the train scene because they gave me a bonus train scene at the beginning to FORESHADOW.
I think we need to leave the classics with the BBC. Is that too much to ask? I mean, I am an American. I love tacky, sparkly, shiny things -- but not when it ruins great literature. One thing is certain. It's time to read the book again. (I have a great, antique copy!)