Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” is a tale of love, lust, and societal constraints.
Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” is also very much about style, as the director takes the classic tale and uses it as a launching pad for a demonstration of filmmaking showmanship. It’s a choice that’s bound to draw mixed reactions, but I for one found it intriguing, and as a result, the movie wound up holding my attention far better than any staid, traditional period piece adaptation would have.
Premiering this weekend on HBO was last years action thriller, “Hanna”.
Directed by Joe Wright and starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchette, “Hanna” is the story of a very special young girl. Raised in isolation in the woods by her father (Bana), Hanna is trained in combat, languages, and survival skills.
Directed with style and scored with a wide variety of international music, “Hanna” is a captivating film. Perhaps the best way to describe it is art house meets action film.