The Seagull Movie Review: Watch It!
I had never even heard of this movie coming into it.
It was a refreshing change to the genre that I typically choose to watch and there was an interesting plot to say the least.
The Seagull Movie Review
The film is based on the play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found this out (after watching the film) because I didn’t feel like I was watching filmed theatre. Enjoy my thoughts on
The bulk of the film takes place in the same setting; the country estate of Sorin, the brother of renowned Russian actress Irina Arkadina. Arkadina and her lover, famous author Boris Trigorin, travel to the estate for a summer escape to visit her son, Konstantin Treplev. The first bit of drama unveils when Treplev, desperately seeking approval from his mother, decides to debut his first production as a makeshift play for the guests that he has written himself. Since he’s lived in the shadow of his mother his whole life, Treplev is a visionary who inspired to find his voice by changing the ways of writing by “portraying life as it is in dreams.”
His mother and her esteemed guest were not impressed by the performance of Treplev and his “co-star” Nina, a poor neighbor who aspires for fame and captivates the attention of Treplev. Arkadina rudely interrupts the play several times, causing Treplev to close off both the curtain and himself. Treplev’s disappointment by his mother and Nina’s unreciprocated feelings leads him to bring a dead seagull to the feet of Nina as a symbolic gesture, warning her that one day he would become the seagull.
As the plot progresses, we watch Nina’s awe of the “normal-ness” of both Arkadina and Trigorin, despite their fame. We watch the frustration of the farm manager, Shamrayev who is as fed up with managing the farm as his daughter Masha is with her unfulfilled life and love for Treplev. We watch as Sorin’s health deteriorates over the course of the play as he talks of his unhappiness because he never followed his dreams.
All the while, as the course of the movie goes on, it seems like some of the characters are living in the shadow of their dreams or in awe of another’s reality.
The characters are bold and passionate. Their passions are displayed in a wide range of emotions, namely doubt, jealousy, fear, despair, disappointment and infatuation. Not your typical adjectives to describe a love story, but they made for an interesting and tangled up situation. School teacher Mikhail is in love with Masha, who is in love with Treplev, who is in love with Nina, who falls for Trigorin, who is involved with Arkadina, who doesn’t seem to love anyone at all.
Each character alters their decisions based on the love (or obsession) that they have for characters, who seem to be in love with other characters. Each seeks to find their purpose, although it doesn’t seem like any of them ever did because they were too wrapped up in false realities of what they believed about the lives they desired who the people they desired. The film wraps up with an symbolic and emotional act that embodies the spirit of the whole film and allows the viewers to use their imagination.
I’ll leave out my interpretation of the ending so I don’t spoil it. It was all together an intriguing story that used symbols and strong emotions to create unity through the plot, leaving me very curious to the differences between the film and the play that I hopefully get to experience some day.
The Overall Opinion: The Message Resonates
I thought the film had excellent music, pretty settings and a lot of dry humor, if you’re into that. Despite the ambiguous ending and the complex nature of the plot, I believed the message to be simple: love is complicated. By using humor and heartbreak, I think that message would resonate with any viewer, even if it’s not your typical choice of film or if it differed from the play.
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