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Allowing for the fact that focus of this movie was Tolstoy's tempestuous relationship with his wife, then it is a brilliant movie with great direction and acting, with a stunning performance by Helen... Read more Mirren. However, it was disappointing that so little of Tolstoy as a great writer and humanist was explored. We were shown nothing of his brilliance as a writer and little of his underpinning philosophy and the work he did for Russian peasants. But, perhaps this has been covered well in earlier movies. In this sense, the treatment here was somewhat shallow, slow and easy going, lacking real depth.
While most of the performances are solid, there's just too much ropey melodrama here and it starts to drag a leg in the third act. Lovingly staged and costumed, though. Worth a look.
I thought this was an excellent film with very strong performances from the main characters and such an interesting topic. Thoroughly enjoyable viewing for anyone interested in Tolstoy, his work, his ideals and pre-Revolution Russia
I loved this film. The performances by Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer were particularly strong and very moving.
Superb performances, outstanding settings and delightful music all blended to make this a memorable experience. Very highly recommended.
Grrat movie, acting superb, Hele Mirren never fails . Would now love to know more of the life of leo Tolstoy. Would recommned this movie .
There's something phony about this film, and it's probably because everyone's speaking with immaculate British accents and it's set in Russia. Lots of bellowing and important, stagy acting going on to little effect.
Helen Mirren is stunning in this film. And Christopher Plummer makes a great Tolstoy at the end of his life. Also thought James McAvoy was commendable as the secretary. Loved this film. The locations... Read more were
wonderful and the script was great too.
Although the editing was noticeable at times the script is strong, the plot interesting,and the props/locations are great - but above all there is a top actress at the top of her form.
Focuses on only 1 aspect of Tolstoy's life - the end, which kept me totally glued even though I wanted to turn it off. Excellent line up of actors who carried this based on fact story.