Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
If there is anything there that hurts the overall presentation it would be the subtle nature or how it doesn’t make absolutely clear when something is literal and all in someone’s head. Only after reading up on the scripted story did I find out that some of the scenes were created by the lead character’s paranoia instead of those where it was happening in “real time” and for some people this is only made more confusing since the speed of some scenes transitioning to the next leaves little time to digest what just happened.
However, having set expectations somewhat low I did enjoy it more than I thought I would and give it high props for stunningly beautiful visuals in the sets as well as costumes. Even more flawless was the soundtrack, which is a brilliant classical tribute other great Russian composers would feel honor to hear. In the end, the final verdict for “Anna Karenina” is three and a half out of five affairs.
DVD rental courtesy of Family Video of Pauls Valley.