I just saw the most recent version of Anna Karenina. Visually it's wonderful. It's told in a very artificial beautiful manner, like a grand movie within a lush theatre play. It is like a musical without songs. At times it is a blatant ballet. I was delighted by what I saw in it, every second.
The story is one of pure horror!
It's the basic story that many daytime soap operas, operas, and French movies have done: Ill fated love, adultery, and utter doom.
Anna (Keira Knightley) has a nice husband (sympathetically played by Jude Law) and child, yet when she innocently crosses paths several times with a young handsome (*beautiful*, really) count in stunning military uniform (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), she looses her mind, falling hopelessly in love. Her intellect shuts down and her emotion takes over and she goes into total denial, thinking that what she is doing is just splendid because her feeling is so strong. She even has his child. Is the count the devil? Or is he just a fool, likewise, trapped by his own emotion from meeting such a beautiful woman?
Is Anna a certain type of fool?? Or are we ALL capable of being insanely love sick and delusional, that brings us to utter doom if the "right" person should come along who loves us insanely right back. Its a universal tale. Is the movie a cautionary tale or is it merely the telling of a train wreck that couldn't be helped because two like minded souls were in the wrong place at the wrong time and fell into awful love?