The Seagull

2018

Comedy / Drama / Romance

9
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 1978

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Corey Stoll as Boris
Elisabeth Moss as Masha
Annette Bening as Irina
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Reviewed by georgiasunflower 3 / 10

I think three stars is generous

I wanted to watch this movie and I sat their with excitement wanting it to be worth it. The cast was amazing, all incredibly talented which is why it was sad to watch all of that talent waste into nothing. I must admit I have not read the original work so I will not critique the story, but this adaptation of it was boring, listless and never went anywhere. I felt like I got on a train, road through beautiful country, but ended up exiting at the exact spot from where I had entered. Not much happened though I was constantly on the edge of my seat anticipating something. This was very much a wasted hour and a half.

Reviewed by bernardoarquivo 1 / 10

Far from Chekhov

When you make a 98 minute movie of a play that usually clocks in at about two hours or so, a great deal of text is bound to be wasted. It's the case with this latest version of "The Seagull", and Chekhov is not an author whose lines you can simply discard.

Dorn, the doctor, has been known and remembered since the premiere of the play in 1896 for prescribing his idiotic "valerian drops" (which according to Stanislavski's memoirs was something that Chekhov himself used to do, somewhat mockingkly, since he was a doctor himself). It's not in this movie.

Trigorin's magnificent monologue to Nina about never being able to compete with Tolstoi or Turgueniev - one of Cheklovs finests - was butchered and becomes meaningless. Konstantin has a long and heartfelt conversation with Sorin at the beginning to explain his problematic relationship with his mother. It's brutally cut. Polina, Masha and Medvedenko are reduced to a useless bunch of shallow losers.

Director Michael Mayer was apparently more concerned with beautiful landscapes, lakes, boats and gardens. And a soundtrack (very sweet and nice, I might add) that reminds us constantly of a romantic comedy of the eighties. As it's been pointed out, here, the movie is "beautifully made". But it has nothing to do with Chekhov.

The cast is very uneven and the roles are poorly developed. Director's fault. Saoirse Ronan is ok, and her smile lights up the screen. But no real depth. Corey Stoll is excellent but his role was pulverized so he doesn't have much to do with his Trigorin. Same with the brilliant Brian Dennehy's Sorin. Annette Bening is good but lacks the necessary charisma for Arkadina. The sweet, sad and loving Masha turns to a neurotic drunk by Elisabeth Moss. Mare Winningham's Polina is just a whiny and annoying matron. And Billy Howle is very weak as Kostia.

For people who wish to come in contact with this wonderful play, I recommend the flawless 1975 version with Blythe Danner, Frank Langella, Lee Grant and Kevin McCarthy. Or Lumet's 1968 movie. And for real aficcionados, the 1974 russian version, with great Irina Miroshnichenko as Masha.

Reviewed by paul-allaer 4 / 10

Stellar ensemble cast wasted; movie lacks spark

"The Seagull" (2018 release; 98 min.) is the latest big screen adaptation of the Anton Chekhov theater play. As the movie opens, we are at "The Imperial Theater, Moscow, 1904", where an aging stage actress is saying her goodbyes left and right. The action then shifts to the dacha (country estate), where the actress' ailing brother is anxiously awaiting her arrival. Meanwhile the actress' son Konstantin is preparing to stage his latest play. He is assisted by a lovely young lady, and the two seem happily in love... At this point we're less than 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest film from director Michael Mayer, who is best known for his work on Broadway. Here he tackles what should be a natural for him: bringing a stage play onto the big screen. "The Seagull" has been made into a movie before (and a number of times at that), but I must admit that this is the first movie adaptation I have seen. All the elements are seemingly in place, none more so that a terrific ensemble cast led by Annette Bening, who seemingly only gets better as she ages, but also Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Brian Dennehy, and Billy Howle, just to name those. And it's certainly not the acting talent that is lacking. Bening and Ronan are simply terrific. (As an aside, Ronan and Howle are co-starring as a couple in not one but two movies currently playing at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati: besides the Seagull, they also star in "On Chesil Beach". What are the odds of that?) Yet despite all this, "The Seagull" is simply not a great, or even good, movie. We watch these character but have no emotional investment in them. When Konstantin has yet another outburst (almost like a five year old's tantrum), we just wonder--why? When romantic relationships may or may not develop, we wonder where the spark is for that. It' a darn shame, and frankly I was relieved when the movie's end titles started rolling, as I had had more than my fill of this.

"The Seagull" was filmed exactly 3 years ago (and one can notice it when you compare Ronan in this and in "On Chesil Bech", filmed 1 1/2 yrs. after this). Why has this been sitting on the shelf for so long? One can only wonder... The movie opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and based purely on the strong ensemble cast, I decided to check it out. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great (about 10 people). Frankly I haven't heard single buzz about this movie, and I can't see this playing long in the theater. If you have an interest in big screen play adaptations, or are a fan of anyong in the ensemble cast, I'd suggest you check this out, be it in the theater (while you still can), on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

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