Joe Wright’s exhilarating Anna Karenina redefines the method filmmakers can use to adapt period literature. It imagines Leo Tolstoy’s characters – Russian aristocrats living their lives under society’s microscope – as players on a larger stage … literally. It remains one of the best films I’ve seen this year, a powerful statement on love’s devastating pull on an individual’s heart. Focus Features has chosen to play up the romantic angle in a series of posters that have been teased on Yahoo Movies. Here are three of my faves. Click on the link to absorb the rest:
This is such a smart campaign, because audiences need to be informed that Karenina -- despite being based on centuries-old Russian literature – is a passionate piece of filmmaking that crackles with creative energies, lustful performances, emotional heat and palpable tragedy. Don’t mistake this for another dry costume drama. Wright’s muse, Keira Knightley, and her co-star, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), breath fire into the forbidden romance that tears at Karenina. And the other subplots floating in the couple’s social orbit put compelling spins on various levels of commitment that are appropriate to the time frame.
For the most part, though, Anna Karenina is just a thrilling display of directorial chutzpah by Wright, who pushes the theater analogy as far as it can possibly go without letting the entire production topple like a house of cards. It’s mesmerizing filmmaking, and one I can’t wait for audiences to share in. A few more weeks, as Anna Karenina opens in limited release in the U.S. on Nov. 16.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.