An initial lack of pace is more than compensated for by a ripping yarn, some glorious fight sequences, drama, tension and pathos.
The story is told in the first person by one of some thousand or so miraculous children born at the moment of India and Pakistan’s birth, whose lives thus become metaphors for the turbulent relationship between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The film is a reminder that there are big issues at stake in Assange’s story, both about how people are being treated around the world and the ways in which international relations are conducted.
Anna Karenina is not just the story of a love affair, it is also a careful study of the relationship between men and women, their expectations, their duties and their search for happiness.
The over-arching narrative could be read through any number of lenses; but in and above all of them is a dynamic of hope and fear. The two are held intelligently in dialectic over the course of nearly three hours.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
UK Release date: 13 January 2012
Certificate: 12A (146 mins)
How do you take a book which is part-social commentary, part-study of human nature and all complex, slow-moving spy novel driven by research, and turn it into a two-hour film?
At the core of every Marvel comic is a morality tale. The characters in this film are taken from Norse mythology, but perhaps the most interesting themes that are developed are Christian ones.
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