Benjamin Maio Mackay
The Seagull - 4.5 Stars
A beautiful adaptation of one of Chekhov’s greatest plays.
In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother.
While adapting any theatrical work for film is difficult, adapting such an iconic play is even harder - however Stephen Karam has done an excellent job. He captures the nuance of Chekhov’s writing and the chaotic nature of his thinking. A lot has been cut to whittle down the running time to 100 minutes, but it does work quite well (though a knowledge of the play is certainly an advantage).
The cinematography and music are beautifully manic and help create the tone brilliantly. The cast are excellent with Annette Bening offering one of her finest performances in years. Saoirse Ronan is perfect and Corey Stoll offers a career defining performance.
Overall an excellent adaption of a wonderful play.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Transmission Films