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.