"Sin Leads to Self-Destruction"
Leo Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA is brought to the screen once again by director Joe Wright in a new way. Shot as if the audience is watching a play, ANNA KARENINA is bold and interesting, but the story itself is depressing.
Keira Knightly plays Anna Karenina, a beautiful wealthy woman married to Karenin, an older, prominent government official in Moscow. Anna is at the highest level of social standing. She’s friends with many of the royal nobles of the time. Completely alluring, Anna captures many hearts, though she is solid and gives moral advice to others. While visiting her brother, Oblonsky, and his wife, Dolly, Anna meets the Countess Vronsky. The countess introduces Anna to her son, Alexey Vronsky, who immediately falls in love with Anna. Though this is the case, Anna rejects Vronsky, telling him to stop following her. Meanwhile, Anna gives Dolly advice to forgive her brother for having an affair.
Oblonsky’s best friend is Levin, who has come to Moscow to ask for the Princesses, Kitty’s hand in marriage. Princess Kitty has become smitten by Vronksy and rejects Levin’s proposal. Absolutely devastated, Levin goes back to his farm and works the farm with his servants. All the while, Anna is being followed by Vronksy. She finally succumbs to temptation and starts an affair with him.
Hearing things from others, Karenin approaches Anna. He tells her she must stop her affair because it’s morally incorrect to even have lust for another man. Anna scoffs it off and lies to Karenin. The sordid story continues to grow as Anna rejects the honorable Karenin and continues her affair with Vronksy. In her heart, however, she knows she’s wrong and repeatedly tells Vronksy she is “damned” for her sins. When Anna discovers she’s pregnant, she tells Karenin she is going away to be Vronksy’s wife and have his baby.
Even so, Anna is never completely happy because she constantly fears that Vronksy is with someone else. At the same time, Levin marries Kitty and the two display a relationship of self-sacrificing love.
ANNA KARENINA is a depressing tale of how sin mounts and can lead to destruction. Though God offers forgiveness, you must choose to do what is right, Anna instead chose the sin. Because of this, Anna is never completely happy and is shamed in society.
Joe Wright does a very interesting job directing ANNA KARENINA. Completely unique set designs create a feel of watching a play with rhythmic timing. Both the costumes and acting are stunning. ANNA KARENINA really creates a sense of Anna’s fall. As such, it implies a Christian, moral worldview, but it could have been more explicit. Strong caution is advised, however, for ANNA KARENINA because of some R-rated sensual depictions of adultery and some depicted violence.
(BB, C, L, VV, SS, NN, AA, D, MM) Strong moral, implied Christian, redemptive worldview showing the tragedy and self-destruction of sin; suicide and bloody death from being hit by a train; scenes of adultery, including couple lying together naked, plus talk of adulterous affairs; female and male shown lying together naked with explicit nudity somewhat obscured by their bodies, plus show girls in revealing dresses; drinking and drunkenness, smoking; and, lying and knowingly doing something morally wrong.
Leo Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA is brought to the screen by director Joe Wright in an artistic new way. Keira Knightly plays the title role. Anna is a beautiful wealthy woman married to Karenin, a prominent government official in Moscow. Anna is at the highest level of social standing Moscow. She’s friends with most of the royal nobles of the time. When going to visit her brother and his wife, Anna meets the dashing Count Vronsky. Vronsky immediately falls in love with Anna. As the story unfolds, Anna succumbs to sin and temptation.
ANNA KARENINA is a depressing tale of how sin mounts and can lead to destruction. Though God offers forgiveness, you must choose to do what is right. Instead, Anna chose to sin. Because of this, Anna is never completely happy and is shamed in society. Joe Wright does a very interesting job directing ANNA KARENINA. Unique set designs create a feel of watching a play with rhythmic timing. The costumes and acting are stunning. ANNA KARENINA presents a real sense of Anna’s fall, but the movie does contain some R-rated content, so beware.