The Last Station
The Last Station – Movie Review
Based on Jay Parini’s book about the aging Tolstoy’s decision whether to give his estate to his family or donate it to projects for the public good. The final year of Russian Socialist writer Leo Tolstoy comes to the screen with Christopher Plummer in the lead role and Helen Mirren portraying his wife, Sofia. Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff co-star in the Warner Bros. production, directed by Michael Hoffman.
The Last Station is a look at Tolstoy’s life. It stars Christopher Plummer as a doppleganger for Tolstoy. There are pictures of Tolstoy at the end and he really does look like him. Helen Mirren plays his wife, Paul Giammati plays his friend, and James Macavoy plays the young man who is trying to become a Tolstoyite. I didn’t know this part of Tolstoy at all and how he was really viewed as a saint. He was the most famous author in the world and was actually photographed a lot. He was the rock star of his age. The problem about this movie even though it’s an interesting period piece and it’s always fun to watch Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer go at it, you don’t really learn anything about any of the characters. Given the fact that these are very famous people, the most interesting part of the movie was actually the news reel footage at the end of seeing how much the characters actually looked like the people they were impersonating. The problem is they were impersonating them. You didn’t have any sense about who these people really were and that’s a real difficulty in this. As history, one star, as theater, probably two and a half. So I’d probably give this a two, just because it’s interesting, it’s fun to watch, you just don’t learn anything about the people. Even if it had been about people that we didn’t know anything about, you still need to know a little bit more about what motivates the people.