ANNOUNCEMENT: We're currently implementing a solution for the login issue. Thank you for your patience.


Weekend Pass: James McAvoy jumps off at The Last Station

The January box office used to offer films that would not fare as well at other times of the year.  However, moviegoers have proven that they will come out anytime for the right movie. This coming Monday brings Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  the first holiday weekend of 2010.  Last year during the MLK holiday, the surprise hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop took in close to $40 million at the box office. 



This year, while Denzel Washington [DWASH] is out to save the world in The Book of Eli [BOELI] and Jackie Chan [JCHAN] is battling bad guys in The Spy Next Door [SPYND], there is one little film which stands apart from all the others. 



The Last Station [LSTTN] is a drama from Sony Pictures Classics starring Christopher Plummer [CPLUM], Helen Mirren [HMIRR], James McAvoy [JMCAV] and Paul Giamatti [PGIAM].  Written and directed by Michael Hoffman, the film covers the last days of Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s life.  The aging author of ‘War and Peace’ was at a crossroads as he battled his loyalty to his family vs. being a man of Russia.  Rejecting materialism, Tolstoy was caught between leaving his body of writings to Russia or to his wife and muse Sofya, played by Mirren. 



Giamatti portrays Tolstoy’s trusted advisor Chertkov who hopes the writer will leave his writings to the motherland.  Chertkov is also angling to be the chief executor of Tolstoy’s estate, leaving Sofya quite unhappy.  These are the true events of Tolstoy’s life but Hoffman sets this film up around a fictional character. 



McAvoy plays the fictional Valentin who is appointed by Chertkov to tail Tolstoy and report back to him of the writer’s actions.  Valentin finds himself in an intimate relationship with another of Tolstoy’s followers, Masha.  The passionate and explosive relationship between Tolstoy and Sofya is offset by the youthful awkwardness of Valentin and Masha.  The young lovers are steeped in Tolstoy’s ideas while the writer himself is grappling with his own momentous decision.



The film also chronicles the circus that surrounded the writer’s death who fled his home due to the conflicts but died a few days later.  Russian media camped outside of his compound wanting to know every last detail of his life.  Based on the book by Jay Parini, The Last Station speculates much regarding the author’s final days and may not have mainstream appeal.  However, Plummer’s and Mirren’s performances are garnering quite a buzz. 



The fictional coming-of-age story centering on Valentin utilizes McAvoy’s gift of blending into the background while being the backbone of the story.  For those who enjoyed McAvoy in The Last King of Scotland and the theme of Me and Orson Welles, check out this latest historical drama.     


View more Blog posts »

By HSXniknak on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 05:15 PM        1932 views

Recent Comments

    No recent comments.

Cantor Exchange

@HSXMOVIES on Twitter

Follow HSX on Twitter!

All I See Is You (AISIY) 100000 5.27 (+0.35)         Kin (KIN) 100000 19.73 (-0.05)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 100000 40.00 (0.00)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 1 40.00 (0.00)         Masterminds (LOMIS) 999 15.71 (-0.71)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 100000 40.00 (0.00)         Middle School: The Worst Years o (MIDSC.PU) 20000 2.52 (+0.03)         The Professor and the Madman (PROFM) 5000 15.37 (-0.12)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 56561 40.00 (0.00)         The Girl on the Train H$30 Call (GRLOT.CA) 20000 2.77 (+0.02)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 100000 40.00 (0.00)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 1100 40.00 (0.00)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 100000 40.00 (0.00)         The Birth of a Nation H$10 Call (TBOAN.CA) 20000 2.39 (0.00)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 1000 40.00 (0.00)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 100000 40.00 (0.00)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 100000 40.00 (0.00)         Jacob Latimore (JLATI) 20000 61.19 (-0.40)         A Dog's Purpose (ADOGP) 10000 37.30 (+0.14)         The Accountant (ACTNT) 83969 59.29 (+0.29)         Rules Don't Apply (HUGHS) 99997 22.49 (+0.98)         The Professor and the Madman (PROFM) 100000 15.37 (-0.12)         Queen of Katwe (KATWE) 100000 11.49 (-0.35)         Masterminds (LOMIS) 100000 15.71 (-0.71)         Deepwater Horizon (DPWTH) 100000 52.00 (-3.19)         Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculi (PRGRN) 100000 69.52 (-2.04)         55 Steps (55STP) 25 2.97 (+0.27)         TAU (TAU) 25 10.06 (+0.31)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 100000 40.00 (0.00)         Juan Antonio Bayona (JABAY) 20000 20.60 (0.00)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 22982 40.00 (0.00)         Frank Langella (FLANG) 1 10.88 (+0.08)         Frank Langella (FLANG) 1 10.88 (+0.08)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 1 40.00 (0.00)         Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculi (PRGRN) 100000 69.52 (-2.04)         Sully $110 Blockbuster Warrant (SULLY.BW) 20000 6.15 (+0.06)         CBS: The Great Indoors (TGINDR) 20000 10.10 (+0.10)         The Space Between Us (OUTTW) 99999 29.66 (+1.29)         Keep Watching aka Home Invasion (HMINV) 99999 7.40 (+1.48)         Deepwater Horizon (DPWTH) 100000 52.00 (-3.19)         CBS: Pure Genius (PURGEN) 20000 10.02 (+0.02)         Ballers (BALLR) 100000 13.98 (+0.12)         Gifted (GIFTD) 29450 12.61 (+0.13)         Sing (SING) 99999 122.11 (+0.25)         Friend Request (FRQUS) 15000 8.04 (-0.40)         Darkest Hour (DARKH) 15000 16.63 (-0.05)         Booster Gold (BOSTG) 100000 40.00 (0.00)         CBS: Man with a Plan (MWPLAN) 20000 10.09 (+0.09)         Rules Don't Apply (HUGHS) 15000 22.49 (+0.98)         Gifted (GIFTD) 50000 12.61 (+0.13)