The Last Station Reviews
The Last Station is a biopic of good proportions and delivers them
thoroughly and dramatically to produce a film about Leo Tolstoy that
isn't his point of view at all, if anything is criticises parts of his
mentality. It isn't scared to show the fragility's of every person
included in this film and just what it takes to push them over the
limit. I particularly liked this movie also for it's moments of silent
drama pieced with it's angry drama together which build up for a good
drama, and that is exactly what I found it, a safely good drama.
The story is slow yes but it has to be to that to show the drama
unravel and who is treacherous and who is faithful for a good film that
shows good drama. I enjoyed the more humorous side with James McAvoy
portraying a character who although it is in no way a comedy but a
drama that isn't afraid to not always be serious and produce a more
light side that runs along side the darker tones too. Finally on the
story it is a story that starts by being more happy than expected but
by the end darker tones come in and not to ruin it but it is dark until
the very last few scenes(well kind of).
Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren(both nominated for Oscars) do
superb and although Ii actually didn't feel this was Mirren's best, she
still did a great job as the slightly damaged wife. Plummer I felt was
great support for McAvoy as the main man Tolstoy, he excerpted his
smart mind with a tad of crazy to bring in a portrayal that can dazzle.
Supporting cast are all good, literally nearly all of them and the film
gains on that point with a solid cast as I said. I finally will say
that the acting deserves more praise as the characters are diverse and
unpredictable, and so there skills are pushed to the limit, all of
This is based on Jay Parini's book of the same name and the screenplay
adaption by Michael Hoffman is a well unknown if it is a good on the
book but in any cast the script is good and is of course adapted very
well by the actors on screen. Hoffman is also director and proves to be
a great one of that making this film nearly very good, but not quite.
Finally on technical terms the locations are beautiful in Tolstoy's
grounds and make for a drama yes, but it is beautiful to look at if you
happened to not like the story.
The film is not without criticism but not a lot so here is the only
thing I found wrong with this, the film is incredibly slow and set in
the most similar places scene for scene, now personally I found the
drama in most scenes but I felt maybe some were wasted and boring, but
also why my rating is not higher than what I gave it. I think some will
not find these annoying and some will hate the entire film but in the
end it is your opinion.
I think those who enjoy straight drama will love this and if you enjoy
films set in these kind of early 20th century settings then it is
perfection for you, although maybe a more romantic film set in this
time would be a better choice for you. Those who like big and loud
films stay away, this is slow and also slow releasing drama that is for
those who like it that way, but still worth a watch nonetheless.
Overall I give it a higher 7/10 and it is Safely a Good film, it just escapes
from being simply Pretty Good and I feel I could have rated it a bit
higher, but also rated it lower. People will be mixed on how to rate it
and although I do believe if you watch this you will like it, in the
final end it comes right down to preference and what kind of film you
enjoy watching. Finally also even if you don't like films like this, if
you are an aspiring actor this film has prime example of how to be a
good actor and really is worth taking notes on.