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.

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4 responses to “40- The Last Station [6.5]”

  1. DEZMOND says :

    The cast of the film was amazing, but I do agree with you that it would have been great listening to Mirren and McAvoy speak with Russian accents which I always like to her 🙂

  2. rtm says :

    Oh, I quite like this one, but maybe because I love the cast: Mirren, McAvoy and Christopher Plummer are all amazing. The direction is a bit tedious at times, I agree, but it was engaging enough.

    Agree w/ you and Dezzy, it’d be a lot more realistic to have the actors speak w/ Russian accent.

  3. Kyle Simonsen says :

    Wouldn’t Tolstoy et al be most likely to be speaking actual Russian? Why the preference for Russain-accented English, no more believable than British English?

  4. jarwatchesfilms says :

    After hearing someone say the full name “Lyev Nikolayevich Tolstoy” for the umpteenth time in the film with a British accent, it just sounds a bit silly after a while. You’re making a fair point, but I’d think Russian-accented English would lean a little closer to “authenticity” than British English. Then again, bad Russian accents might have made the whole thing worse.

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