Anna Karenina


Keira Knightley is Tolstoy's tragic heroine

Joe Wright ups the artifice for this try-hard take on Tolstoy’s 1877 novel.

With outdoor scenes all staged in a dilapidated theatre (racecourses, ice rinks, the railway station), it’s innovative, if a little tiresome.

Keira Knightley and Wright re-team with less success than Atonement or Pride & Prejudice - her unfaithful Russian aristo spouse hardly helped by the fact Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as Anna’s lover Vronsky, looks like he’s just started shaving.

The result is more noble failure than successful showstopper.

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