I watched this new movie today. I wanted to see it in theaters, but it was a limited release, and local theaters didn't have it. It was wonderful. At first I didn't really care for the way it was filmed; they were trying too hard to be creative/artistic... But the story-telling, and the acting were really good. I liked the feel of the movie, I liked the Russian in the background, and I'm not just talking about songs, but also crowds like at the train station or market... I liked the costumes, although I didn't pay too much attention to that while I was watching.
Here's the thing... I cried, a couple of times. But not for Anna. It was all about Karenin for me. That is love, not what Anna and Count Vronsky had. Karenin who was defending Anna in front of others, who was giving her the benefit of doubt as long as possible, who warned her about consequences, who forgave Anna and Vronsky when she begged forgiveness, who let her go rather than forcing her to remain when it was clear she would be unhappy, and who in the finale is taking care of the child that she and Vronsky had. I didn't expect that. I mean the story isn't titled Alexei Karenin, but Anna Karenina, and Karenin really isn't so very prominent in it (in terms of the amount of time we see him), but it turns out he is.