Oscar-Nominated Director Joe Wright is back in his element with a new epic period film, “Anna Karenina,” that is based on the famed Leo Tolstoy novel of the same name that was released in 1877. Based on a novel like his previous movie, “Pride & Prejudice,” and set in a historical location, just like “Atonement,” the new film stars Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina and Jude Law as her diplomatic husband, Alexei Karenin. Anna has fallen out of love with husband and cheats on him with Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson), whose love reignites a passion in her that she thought she had lost.
With themes of passion, fidelity, loyalty, honor, friendship, jealousy, hypocrisy and the love of a mother for her child, this dramatic tale takes us from Russia and on a journey across Europe when the two lovers conspire to run away and then find it difficult to be accepted in high society.
If there is one thing that Keira Knightley is known for, it is acting in spectacular movies and being able to fully embody a character from another time. From her breakout role of Elizabeth Swann in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise to “The Duchess” and “Pride & Prejudice,” Knightley has proven to be very accomplished and comfortable in the fancy dresses and old-fashioned dialect.
The two male leads seem a proper fit as well, with Jude Law having done “Sherlock Holmes” and Aaron Johnson being an English actor who was classically trained in theater, music and dance. He is best known for his role as the American super hero Kick-Ass, but I assure you he is a proper English actor.
With a great and intriguing first trailer already released, we now have a set of character posters, as well as two theatrical posters. The posters really beautify the look of the film and use space and light to create the drama that is happening in the film, as well as using the actual playhouse stage from the film to showcase what is happening.
Take a look at these five posters and tell us what you think of them, the look of the movie and whether it is something you want to see in theaters this November.
“Anna Karenina” opens in theaters Nov. 16 and is rated R for sexuality and violence.
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