My take on the new Anna Karenina movie.

Hmm. Didn’t like the stage business, the trope, of setting some scenes in and around the theater. I found it confusing in the first few minutes, and after that, I found it distracting. Very artsy, I guess, but it distanced us from feeling along with the characters. My friends and I expected a weepy afternoon, but none of us shed a tear.

Visually, the movie is gorgeous. Great acting. (I don’t know enough to comment on the director or the lighting or any of the technical stuff.) Again, however, I didn’t feel much one way or another as Anna suffered. The only character I, and my friends, found much sympathy with was Anna’s husband, played by Jude Law. It’s been a long time since I read the novel, but I remembered him as being dour and unlikable, but Jude Law humanized the man. So good job there.

Have to see the new Lincoln movie next.

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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