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. Yes, it is about Tolstoy and his life but didn't he live in a world in upheaval that pushed his philosophy? Wasn't there a context??? 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. The extras are good, but I agree a 20 minute feature on the real events and characters presented would have been nice.
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 memorable night at the theatre. The performances are indeed perfect. But know there is more to The Last Station.
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. Or why he wanted to give all his money to the poor. Or why he was so desperate to renounce sex. Or how any of this connected to what was actually happening in Russia at the time.
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. McAvoy, Mirren, Plummer and Giamatti were especially brilliant in every aspect. They each showed the strengths and weaknesses of the characters they portrayed, and it was a pleasure to see them interact.
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 Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti).
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. And they are realized by first-rate performances. There is not a weak one in the batch. The direction is also very fine. There is not really much of a plot here; it's more of a character study.
'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. He advocated pacifism and urged members of the upper class to attend to the needs of the indigent.
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. We all know that Leo Tolstoy wrote a book, although few of us have the nerve to actually sit down and get to grips with War And Peace.