Ready for a film with a bit of brains? The Last Station takes a peek at the joys and hardships of love in a Tolstoyian community and the hardships and insanity it takes to make something great. The film boosts one of the best casts that you could ever hope for and is surprisingly light and witty for something with so much depth and emotions. Find out what a bit of money and a whole lot of talent can bring to the big screen…
- Director: Michael Hoffman
- Starring: Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Helen Mirren, Kerry Condon and Anne-Marie Duff
- Writers: Michael Hoffman (screenplay) and Jay Parini (novel)
- Music: Sergei Yevtushenko
- Cinematography: Sebastian Edschmid
A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.
- The Humor: This could have very easily turned into a melodramatic love story, if not written, acted, and directed JUST right… luckily it was.
- Script: Probably one of the smartest scripts I’ve seen performed in a long time. Although it’s extremely dramatic and at times almost farcical, it’s also extremely subtle and timely.
- The Acting: You have several of the best actors currently working today performing a great script, ‘nough said.
- Helen Mirren: Her character Sofya is completely over-dramatic, manipulative, and yet on some level we absolutely feel for her. Mirren is one of the few actresses out there who could tackle so many emotions at once and have them come off as completely natural.
- Best Lines: The film has a number of amazing lines, but one of my favorites was Tolstoy saying to his wife: “You don’t need a husband, you need a Greek chorus!”
- Not a Boys Film: And I’m not just talking about fan boys, I noticed a lot of men having trouble giving themselves over to the film without feeling resentful towards their mothers. Women somehow can side more easily with Sofya’s character than men. Not sure what this says about Hoffman. Or Tolstoy. Or men for that matter. I’ll leave that to you.
This is film is well acted, well written, well directed, well scored, and overall a great pick for those of you looking for something more out of your movies.
The Last Station comes to theaters on January 15th, 2010