Thursday, June 21, 2012

Anna Karenina 2012 Trailer Released

I love the moments when coincidental thoughts become reality.

Since the moment I first heard that Joe Wright (one of my favorite directors) was working on a new adaptation of Anna Karenina, I've been excited-- even despite the fact that I could never define my opinion on the novel. I was--and still am--however, certain that whatever novel Wright touches turns to cinematographic gold and is always a distinct pleasure to watch. The project was announced ages ago and I periodically checked up on it, always delighted to find the occasional new screen cap or newest update. 

For a while I let the film drift to the corners of my crowded mind until literally two days ago when I was pondering what I wanted to post for you guys. Anna Karenina came to mind for a fleeting second, reminding me that a trailer for the new film was just about due. Two days later, here it was. 

First thoughts? Once again, Kiera Knightley seems to be a physical miscast. But then again, she wasn't the ideal physical representation of Elizabeth Bennet or Sabina Spielrein either. The only movie in which I believe she was the perfect representation of the character was Atonement. However, as is usually the case with Miss Knightley, she does have the potential to alter my previous preconceptions of the character through her performance. 

The person that I'm really interested in is Jude Law. Just from the trailer alone, I can already feel a superb performance brimming over. Perhaps it's just the nip-tuck trailer job that makes Karenin seem more capable of receiving human sympathy, but I have a great notion that Jude Law will finally make Karenin seem like a true rival to Vronsky. Not a sexual rival--he was never meant to be that--nor even a romantic rival, but the kind of character that reminds us why Anna was so torn in the novel. I've seen countless adaptations of the book and no one has yet to do it. It's always been easier for filmmakers to characterize him as a cold and unsympathetic husband who pushes Anna out the door and makes it painfully clear to the audience why she entered an affair. I've personally always believe that there is more to Karenin than that. 

Vronsky...ehh. He seems ok. He's perhaps the most overrated romantic "hero" in literature, so I don't really like talking about him. 

The costume design will be perfect. The only thing left to wonder is if Dario Marianelli will find his way onto the soundtrack.

Oh, and I love Matthew McFadyen's mustache! (Don't act like you didn't notice it). 

Feel free to comment!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hello there!

I'm back after taking perhaps the longest blogging hiatus in my comparatively short blogging career. In fact, I remained silent through my first blogging anniversary! It's a shame, I know, and I feel horrible because I promised myself that I would never neglect blogging in the face of academic adversity, but til now I hadn't even seen what "academic adversity" looks like. Through April and May I found myself hopelessly entrapped within the confines of piles of homework that barred me from the internet for weeks at a time. Add that to the fact that I rarely spent time at home unless it was to shower and sleep. My life had uprooted itself from the comfort of my bedroom to the unpleasantly decorated walls of my high school, where I was constantly running from one classroom to another preparing for either AP exams, end of year exams, SATs, or ACTs.

I was writing all the time. The keyboard was always at my fingertips, and when it wasn't the pencil was undoubtedly in my hand. I never thought this would happen to me, but it's true. After writing becomes compulsory, the joy of doing it for fun fades. My brain was working at full capacity, my fingers were always in movement. By the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was blog. I couldn't even read. I just wanted to sleep.

Lit Lovers & Corset Laces has been barren for these last few months; distressingly so. But the sun of my Junior year has set, and now I am hovering in that two month night before the rise of the radiant sun that signals my last year of high school. This little resting period will be filled with countless adventures to share with you guys. My family is embarking on a college tour around the country to various destinations that I've expressed interest in. And where there is travel, there is always time to read and write. Reviews will be coming again, as I've already gotten back into my comfortable role as a bookworm. I just finished a quick reread of The English Patient yesterday and have moved on to Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. After that, my summer reading list demands that revisit Frankenstein and brush up on my Wuthering Heights. Hopefully, there will be a lot to keep you guys entertained in the months to come.

I'm really glad to be writing to you all again. I don't think I realized just how much I missed you.