After the jump, I’ve got the trailer for Anna Karenina, adapted from the Tolstoy novel by director Joe Wright (Atonement) and starring Jude Law, Keira Knightley, and Kick-Ass‘s Aaron Johnson. I got through about 30 seconds before I realized there wasn’t any vampires, parkour, or cannon fights, then I threw my laptop out the window and melvined a nerd.
But in all seriousness, and I say this as someone who legitimately enjoys Downton Abbey, this looks about as fun as a root canal. In its own way, its just as dopey as any Michael Bay trailer. All the scripty title cards and soaring string music makes me think the director finds New Yorker cartoons too bawdy and wipes his ass with a monogrammed hanky. Serious question: Who do you think makes more insufferable-looking movies, Joe Wright or Steven Daldry? Granted I’ve only seen Atonement, but that was enough to put me off all future Wright movies. For Daldry it was a combination of 30 minutes of Billy Elliott and Nicole Kidman’s nose prosthesis in The Hours.