Onegin Reviews

  • Jul 22, 2019

    A tragic romance worthy of the dreary Russian classic novel. Martha Fiennes' Onegin (1999) is a depressing and gray adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's verse novel Eugene Onegin (1833). Martha Fiennes brings this iconic Russian novel to life with a dark perspective and a subtle lens of the male and female gaze. Remi Adefarasin's cinematography captures period Russia with ornate, if dreary homes and desolate surroundings. Many shots with close-ups on characters' faces feel so revealing without a word needing to be said. I do think this film goes on too long like it has a few too many scenes that could be the last shot. It elided much of the novel into a more succinct format, but it still could have told the same story in a shorter fashion. Jim Clark's editing is nice within each scene, but he needed to seriously trim the length of each shot. The pace is so languid, I can understand how many audience members were bored if they were not already invested in this tragic romance story Pushkin's writing is as biting as ever. Unfortunately, the film loses much of his poetic verse language and phrasing, but his ideas are still present here. A cynical man getting rejected years after hurting the woman he loves is a timeless narrative and remains a brave conclusion. This is a romance drama, but the focus in on the negligent, cruel, and aloof Onegin. Ralph Fiennes is excellent as Eugene Onegin. His carefree attitude and pessimistic tone reveals all his character's intentions. His thought pattern is evidently negative and his actions cruel. Fiennes portrays Onegin as a socialite out of boredom and mean spirited for the sake of it. Ralph Fiennes is simply marvelous in this tragic role. Lastly, I really appreciated Liv Tyler's performance in Onegin. She is endearing and lovely, but genuinely captured the face of a woman whose love rejects her. Once she is devastated and free to marry another, Tyler acting just gets better and better. Her finale confrontation with Onegin is outstanding. When she reveals that Onegin was, "just too late," you seriously want to cry. In short, Onegin is a solid romance drama with a crescendo of pain and unhappiness that is fascinating to watch unfold.

    A tragic romance worthy of the dreary Russian classic novel. Martha Fiennes' Onegin (1999) is a depressing and gray adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's verse novel Eugene Onegin (1833). Martha Fiennes brings this iconic Russian novel to life with a dark perspective and a subtle lens of the male and female gaze. Remi Adefarasin's cinematography captures period Russia with ornate, if dreary homes and desolate surroundings. Many shots with close-ups on characters' faces feel so revealing without a word needing to be said. I do think this film goes on too long like it has a few too many scenes that could be the last shot. It elided much of the novel into a more succinct format, but it still could have told the same story in a shorter fashion. Jim Clark's editing is nice within each scene, but he needed to seriously trim the length of each shot. The pace is so languid, I can understand how many audience members were bored if they were not already invested in this tragic romance story Pushkin's writing is as biting as ever. Unfortunately, the film loses much of his poetic verse language and phrasing, but his ideas are still present here. A cynical man getting rejected years after hurting the woman he loves is a timeless narrative and remains a brave conclusion. This is a romance drama, but the focus in on the negligent, cruel, and aloof Onegin. Ralph Fiennes is excellent as Eugene Onegin. His carefree attitude and pessimistic tone reveals all his character's intentions. His thought pattern is evidently negative and his actions cruel. Fiennes portrays Onegin as a socialite out of boredom and mean spirited for the sake of it. Ralph Fiennes is simply marvelous in this tragic role. Lastly, I really appreciated Liv Tyler's performance in Onegin. She is endearing and lovely, but genuinely captured the face of a woman whose love rejects her. Once she is devastated and free to marry another, Tyler acting just gets better and better. Her finale confrontation with Onegin is outstanding. When she reveals that Onegin was, "just too late," you seriously want to cry. In short, Onegin is a solid romance drama with a crescendo of pain and unhappiness that is fascinating to watch unfold.

  • Feb 23, 2016

    After reading the novel, and then watching the movie, I can safely say that the makers of this film missed the point of Onegin. It was a satire on Russian upper-class culture. It was never meant to be taken this seriously. Here, you can have the love story portion of Onegin, completely neutered of it's humor, with the most stilted acting you'll get in a period piece. How boring.

    After reading the novel, and then watching the movie, I can safely say that the makers of this film missed the point of Onegin. It was a satire on Russian upper-class culture. It was never meant to be taken this seriously. Here, you can have the love story portion of Onegin, completely neutered of it's humor, with the most stilted acting you'll get in a period piece. How boring.

  • Sep 22, 2015

    Ralph Fiennes does world-weary so wel.

    Ralph Fiennes does world-weary so wel.

  • Mar 06, 2015

    This was really romantic. I just was sure before that Tatiana didn't cry and didn't show any tear at the end. She already knew how to hide her emotions and clearly and honestly said him no, it's too late. But this version where she almost didn't get older (and Onegin didn't get older as well) is good anyway.

    This was really romantic. I just was sure before that Tatiana didn't cry and didn't show any tear at the end. She already knew how to hide her emotions and clearly and honestly said him no, it's too late. But this version where she almost didn't get older (and Onegin didn't get older as well) is good anyway.

  • Dec 21, 2014

    This wasn't a bad movie. I enjoyed it quite a bit; however, it got a little boring at parts.

    This wasn't a bad movie. I enjoyed it quite a bit; however, it got a little boring at parts.

  • Sep 16, 2014

    So far from the novel as to make it a distinct creation. Liv Tyler is completely out of place in this British drama that is unfaithful to the source material as Tyler's accent, or lack thereof, in St. Petersburg. The set design and wardrobe are quite well done, however.

    So far from the novel as to make it a distinct creation. Liv Tyler is completely out of place in this British drama that is unfaithful to the source material as Tyler's accent, or lack thereof, in St. Petersburg. The set design and wardrobe are quite well done, however.

  • Mar 29, 2014

    Like Los Angeles Times said "Breathtaking..."

    Like Los Angeles Times said "Breathtaking..."

  • Aug 25, 2013

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  • Jan 07, 2013

    Fiennes directs and delivers the classic love story, muddled with misery and morality, just as the Imperial Russian would have it.

    Fiennes directs and delivers the classic love story, muddled with misery and morality, just as the Imperial Russian would have it.

  • Oct 10, 2012

    i see how most people would find this movies boring, as most my classmates at school did - but i really enjoyed its aesthetics, the visuals and the elegance of the unfulfilled love story certainly make up for the lack of interesting plot.

    i see how most people would find this movies boring, as most my classmates at school did - but i really enjoyed its aesthetics, the visuals and the elegance of the unfulfilled love story certainly make up for the lack of interesting plot.