Review: The Seagull Print E-mail
Friday, 01 June 2018 01:12


Rating:  ZZZZ

By: Amy Elizondo
Summary:  One summer, actress Irina Arkadina visits her son and brother at their country estate. She brings along her lover, who becomes infatuated with Nina, a girl from a neighboring estate.
The Good:  The amount of talent in this film is surreal, especially the powerhouse of female talent.  The main character, Irina, is played by Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright, 20th Century Women).  She stars alongside Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lady Bird) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaid's Tale).  It is clear that each of these women possess an extraordinary gift for acting, unique to each of them.  When all three are on screen at the same time, it is difficult to look away.
The Bad:  All of the actors in the world are not enough to save this movie from the true snooze fest that it is.  I spent most of the first 45 minutes of the film trying to keep myself awake.  Even taking into account that this movie is based on a Russian play of the same name by Anton Chekhov, it still left me just as uninterested as the play most likely would have.  A lot of the scenes took a long time to build up and the film just felt very slow in general.  I was also confused by the direction in which the movie was taken, because I know it’s based on a Russian play; it takes place in Russia and all the characters have Russian names, but everyone is speaking with an American accent.  More so, I just did not feel as though the characters were deep enough to truly connect to them.
The Ugly:  The Seagull is the type of film that someone will either really enjoy, or they will absolutely not care for it at all.  Maybe this play resonated well with audiences in its prime, however, it has not aged well nor transferred well onto the big screen.  Unless you are a true Chekhov fan, or a big fan of any of the actresses listed above, you can (and should) save this film for DVD, if that.


Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping



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