The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement,” is the epic love story “Anna Karenina,” adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community. — Focus Features
An English director adept in adapting literary drama and giving it a breathtaking, cinematic pulse – made all the more surprising because of his battle with dyslexia in his youth – Joe Wright broke out of British television with his critically acclaimed and award nominated take on the Jane Austen classic, “Pride and Prejudice” (2005). Praised for his insistence on a sense of movement and realism in a genre long considered stuffy and reserved, Wright continued his success in adapting period source material with “Atonement” (2007), a sweeping epic based on the award-winning novel by British contemporary Ian McEwan. Wright was quickly embraced by critics after the film’s triumphant debut at the 2007 Venice International Film Festival, marking the young director as an emerging talent of the highest caliber.
Wright was born in 1972 in London, England. He grew up in a creative household – his parents founded a puppet company called The Little Angel Theatre. Wright always kept his eye… read more
Joe Wright may overdo, but he doesn't disappoint. The bad reception made me think this film was going to be a bomb, but I am joyfully surprised. Its theatrical conception and astonishing art direction gives a fresh aspect to the book, which, I must say, *did not* push me away from the character's dramas. Also, Knightley [again] was superb. I just will never understand why the hell he cast Taylor-Johnson as Vronsky.
Per mettere in scena l’ennesima versione del romanzo forse più conosciuto di Tolstoj, Joe Wright e il suo sceneggiatore Tom Stoppard seguono una via che, pur non originalissima in sé, si dimostra assai… read review
It seems only fitting to keep a review of a 2+ hour movie based on a 900+ page book acceptably brief. We can begin by saying the odds stacked against Joe Wright were pretty monumental to begin with… read review
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Two words: Anna Karenina. Another two words: Joe Wright. Yet, another two words: Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Okay, technically, that’s three words… read review