Tuesday, August 24, 2010
THE LAST STATION
4 out 5. Michael Hoffman's THE LAST STATION overflows with excellent acting and a real solid story. It makes one wonder how this slipped by so easily without much notice. Maybe the subject of Tolstoy is over everyone's heads and seems daunting. But truth be told it's about the beginning and ending of love and relationships. I wouldn't call it a chick flick, but the subject matter contrasts nicely between serious drama and some rather amusing scenes. I'd call out Helen Mirren as having done an exceptional job but really everyone played with the perfect pitch of sincerity that I'd hate for her performance to shadow anyone else. If you like well-photographed, well-acted films that look like impressionist paintings at times, you should definitely check this one out.