Summary: During the last year Tolstoy lived wasn't there about to be a great upheaval in the world? The great war was about to start. The Russian revolution was a few years away. There was turmoil and strife in the air everywhere. But not in this movie.
Excerpt: There was superb acting all around, but Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer really stand out. They make us simultaneously sympathetic and exasperated with their characters. Production quality is top notch and the film looks great on blu-ray.
Excerpt: The Last Station was one of the best films I saw in 2009. The heart of the film is its astounding ensemble cast. More than one critic compared the experience of viewing the film, in which multiple iconic British stars share the screen and engage in dramatic, often emotional verbal duels, to a...
Like Reading People Magazine Instead of War and Peace
9 April 2010
Summary: Silly, shallow, sleepy and slow, this sumptuous costume drama about the aging Leo Tolstoy and his long-suffering wife Sophy fails to do several things well. It fails to give you any insight into why Tolstoy was one of the greatest writers who ever lived.
Summary: I've been looking forward to this movie for a while now and finally saw it last night. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it! The entire cast was excellent; both lead and supporting roles were strong and added such depth to the movie.
Summary: This was an excellent historical film based on the relationship between Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and his wife, Sofya (Helen Mirren), during Tolstoy's final years. The film also explores Tolstoy's relationship with his Assistant, Valentin (James McAvoy) and his cabal of acolytes, lead by...
Summary: There is nothing to fault in this movie, really, and pretty much everything to praise. The script is very good. The characters are fleshed out and developed in complexity as the movie goes along. You continue to learn more about them, see more facets of their character.
Summary: The Last Station is described as a melodrama - and I would say that's a fair description. It's the kind of film they don't really make any more. The spirit of David Lean lives on. It's beautiful to look at, for a start, and the music is genuinely incidental, lushing away in the background.
'Station' mixes farce and tragedy to fairly good effect
12 February 2010
Summary: 'The Last Station' focuses on the last year in the life of Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian novelist. Toward the end of his life, Tolstoy began promulgating a secular religious philosophy based on the Christian teachings of 'turning the other cheek' and helping one's fellow man.