After a seemingly endless Crazy Heart run and a brief Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and Fish Tank run at the Avon, The Last Station began showing at Thayer’s famed movie theater this week. The Last Station tells the story of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s last year alive. The film is an Oscar nominee twice over: Helen Mirren gained a Best Actress nod for her role as Sofya Tolstoy and Christopher Plummer received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor (his first Oscar nomination ever) for his role as Leo Tolstoy.
The Last Station is an actor’s movie. While it lacks the drama of The Hurt Locker, the wit of Up in the Air, or the visual awe of Avatar, the real value of this movie lies in the captivating and emotional performances. I would liken this one to a film along the lines of The Queen: its an awards contender and critically acclaimed but it will probably not be being discussed and watched for generations.
All things considered, give this movie a shot and check it out. If you don’t like it, at least you can tell your friends you saw it when you are watching the Oscars this Sunday. You’ll seem really cool and intellectual.