Monday, March 8, 2010
The Last Station
I haven't had a chance to see this recent movie, but I see A.O. Scott didn't think much of it,
All well and good, but “The Last Station,” written and directed by Michael Hoffman and based on a novel by Jay Parini, is the kind of movie that gives literature a bad name. Not because it undermines the dignity of a great writer and his work, but because it is so self-consciously eager to flaunt its own gravity and good taste.
but Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor is much more positive,
... one of the terrific things about writer-director Michael Hoffman’s “The Last Station” is that, as Christopher Plummer plays him, the old master is, of all things, a recognizable human being. He’s not an icon, at least not to himself and his adoring, long-suffering wife, Sofya, played with ravenous theatricality by Helen Mirren. The film is about many things – including the rise of quasi-socialist communes devoted to passive resistance that sprang up around Tolstoy in his final days – but it’s finally, and most successfully, about the amorous battle between the count and countess.
I'll leave it to others to cast their judgement on this film, until I have had a chance to see it.