Monday, June 24, 2013
The Last Station (2009)
Rating: 7 out of 10
Genre: History, Drama
Actors: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy, John Sessions, Kerry Condon, Anne-Marie Duff, and Tomas Spencer
Summary: In 1910 in Russia, author Leo Tolstoy struggled with his health and sanity. His relationship with his wife was rapidly deteriorating as Tolstoy became an icon and religion. Seen through the eyes of a naive newly hired assistant, Tolstoy's legacy is unraveled.
My Opinion: The Last Station gives an insight into Tolstoy's life that is quiet rare. You can hardly image what it would be like in 20th century Russia, but this movie takes you there. Tolstoy's books and even lines from his books were quoted to reflect how his books were a complete embodiment of his everyday life. Having read Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, my experience watching the movie was elevated. In case you have not read Anna Karenina, one couple in the book falls in love while the other couple falls out of love. The same pattern is seen here in the movie. As Tolstoy and his wife become more distant, the new assistant and his girlfriend become closer. The use of that pattern heightened my experience when I watched a movie and, overall, helped to give a more memorable expression of Tolstoy's personality and being.