I studied a lot of Russian literature in college because, honestly, if you’re going to read the classics, you can’t do much better than Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Nabokov: Lots of sex, lots of adultery, fantastic evil characters, and the books make great weapons if you’re ever approached in dark alleys. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was one of those bigs that absolutely ate me alive. It’s one thing to read it for enjoyment, but to study it? It will kick your ass.
It’s also too epic, too massive in scope, too thematically dense, and too depressing to make for a very good film, but that hasn’t stopped 10 filmmakers from trying before Joe Wright decided to take a stab at it with Keira Knightley and Jude Law. She looks ravishing, and he looks like a Russian aristocrat. Matthew Macfadyen, Michelle Dockery, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, and Ruth Wilson (“LUTHER”!) also star. If anyone call pull it off, Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and Hanna) may be the guy, but I don’t see it happening.