Weekend Movies - The Last Station and Young Victoria
The Last Station
Helen Mirren Christopher Plummer Paul Giamatti Anne-Marie Duff James McAvoy
Set during the last year of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's life, this biopic
explores the fractious relationship between Tolstoy (Christopher
Plummer) and his wife (Helen Mirren), as he embraces a life of
asceticism. Paul Giamatti co-stars as impassioned Tolstoy devotee Vladimir
Chertkov, with James McAvoy playing the aging writer's assistant, Valentin, who
is caught in the middle of various struggles.
I enjoyed this movie more that I thought I would. I knew very little of the time period and the people but was fascinated by the interpersonal relationships and the drama that was at the center of Sofya's and Tolstoy's lives.
Also didn't know that Tolstoy launched an anti-materialist movement - funny what you learn by watching movies.
The Young Victoria
Emily Blunt Rupert Friend Paul Bettany Miranda Richardson
Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria ascends to the throne and is romanced
by future husband Prince Albert in this lush period film that chronicles the
early years of the British monarch's larger-than-life reign.
I love the atmosphere of this movie. I loved seeing the strength of a young woman that had been very sheltered and the devotion that she had to the true love of her life.
They lead their country as a united team and after his very young death, Queen Victoria continued to layout his clothing until the day that she died. That was the most heartbreaking part of the movie. To know that her love for him knew no end.