40- The Last Station [6.5]
A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.
At times a bit too melodramatic for my taste, The Last Station is nevertheless a well-acted story about Leo Tolstoy’s last days. The highlights on the acting front are Christopher Plummer as the renowned writer and Helen Miren as his wife, Sofya. The Last Station is most interesting when dealing with the ideas of the author’s works and how it affects the people around him, including himself. I’m still grappling, though, with the decision to have all the actor’s speak in English accents as opposed to Russian.