Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Joe Wright ('Pride & Prejudice', 'Atonement', 'The Soloist', 'Hanna') directs this umpteenth version of the Leo Tolstoy novel, and it's pretty much exactly what you expect it to be: style over substance. Like most of Wright's work, it's visually interesting, but not enough to make up for its substandard storytelling. And of course, like almost all films set in the 18th and 19th centuries, it features Keira Knightley. (It's becoming a requirement.) Fans of Baz Luhrmann films will probably enjoy it. But the rest of us should probably steer clear. If you're in the mood for a period film, you're much better off with 'A Royal Affair'.