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12-05-2012, 07:46 PM
Stu Macher
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Anna Karenina really, really, really didn't work for me at all. I think it failed from its very foundation: the relationship between Anna and Vronsky. Those two performers have ZERO chemistry, which I pin much more on the incredibly dull Johnson than I do on the capable Knightley. This leads to the film having no spark, no life. There was no reason to believe that this relationship was so amazing and passionate that she's willing to throw her life away. Joe Wright seemed much more interested in his own visual style than he did on properly developing his story, and makes Tolstoy seem like its on par with Stephanie Meyers novels as far as source material goes (it does share something with the Twilight series: a young lady who is head over heels for a man with no pulse). I did think Jude Law was good, I often forget how talented he is.

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