Academy Award nominated film debuts at The Colonial Theatre
The Colonial Theatre on Main Street in Keene held showings of the Academy Award nominated film “Anna Karenina.” Costume designer Jacqueline Durran took home the Oscar for her designs in the film.
The film is based on the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy, set in the late 1800s. While normally these types of films, comparable to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” are often boring and long, “Anna Karenina” was lively enough to keep the attention of modern viewers.
The film follows “Anna Kerenina” (Keira Knightly), the wife of a high-ranking official in Russia (Jude Law). After meeting a handsome, young, successful officer by the name of Vronski (Aaron Taylor Johnson), a mutual attraction sparks and Anna is torn between her life as loving mother and wife, and the temptation of lust and love.
The story is filmed more as a play than a traditional film, as it follows the characters around a theatre, with backdrops, and intricate props. The style was interesting and unique, keeping the viewer on their toes.
The acting by Knightley was impeccable. I would highly suggest this film to those who appreciate a more creative approach to film rather than a traditional story telling, though at times the artistic appeal may have overshadowed the story itself.
The romance was captivating and visuals astounding.
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