The Last Station 2009, Review and Synopsis

The Last Station movie posterIn my „quest” to watch all major films of James McAvoy, who I wrote about earlier, I’ve arrived at „The Conspirator”, but after ten minutes of viewing I realized that I’ve already seen a few years ago and I gave up to look further (but I highly recommend, because it’s very good), so I went to „The Last Station” , a biopic movie about the life of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. As much as I’d like to say it was a great movie and I loved it, I cannot do this because it will be a lie. There seemed nothing extraordinary and in some moments I looked at the clock to see is going to last longer.


Sure, actors’ performance was at the highest level, as evidence are the two Oscar nominations received by Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer for their performance, but otherwise was not much. James McAvoy plays a young follower of the ideology promoted by Tolstoy and then he become his personal secretary. He is then caught between the desire of Tolstoy to give up on his wealth and copyrights on his writings to the Russian people – a desire embraced fanatically by his daughter, Sasha, and the leader of Tolstoyan disciples, Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) – and that of his wife Sofia, who disagrees with this gesture.


Sofia does everything possible to persuade Tolstoy not to sign the new will which give up on his copyright, but Chertkov is plotting several maneuvers to maintain influence over the old writer. Even if he really loves his wife and family in general, Tolstoy seems more concerned with the spiritual life and, as he tells his wife, he’s „outraged by the privileges” that he has. Maybe this is why I didn’t like too much this movie, because I do not share these spiritual principles. I’m more pragmatic, like Sofia.

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