MP5: The Seagull

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I wouldn’t have even known about this movie, except for a couple of my eagle-eyed friends having spotted it playing in Irvine earlier and chirping excitedly about it. All of us love Saoirse Ronan ~ the first time I saw her was in Lady Bird, which I thought was fab, but my peeps didn’t get into that flick so much. Anyway, a different friend and I winged our way to Westpark 8 yesterday to check out The Seagull.

First, the acting was incredible. What a cast! Annette Bening. Love her. She was superb as the aging, jealous, petty yet complex matriarch. Saoirse was wonderful. Elizabeth Moss was great. And Brian freaking Dennehy! Everyone else was amazing as well.

Second, the first third of the movie was boring AF. My friends disagree and it’s true I am not known for my patience. But I was literally tapping my foot and yawning. It dragged on and on setting up these characters. This would have worked better in writing. I could totally imagine reading The Seagull as a romance novel and becoming engaged after skimming through the beginning. Country house, games, clothing, flirtations, play within a play, yada, etc.

Third, once things began to happen, the movie fully enchanted me. It was the age-old story, perfectly summarized by the J. Geils Band in “Love Stinks” (“you love her, but she loves him, and he loves somebody else; you just can’t win”), but there are no new stories, so everything depends on how you tell the ones we have. The Seagull is a great one, which we would expect, given that it’s based on the play by Anton Chekhov.

I got confused at the end and thought they messed up the movie, but that was just my brainfog. In my defense, that’s actually happened to me in a movie and the audience began yelling that the film was all screwed up. I took migraine meds yesterday and started taking allergy meds too because I’m tired of being itchy and stuffy along with suffering stabby pain. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to sleep, since that sometimes happens with allergy meds, but my sleep was “normal.”

After I got things sorted out in my mind, all was excellent again. I recommend this movie, as long as you’re chill with a slow start.

Not sure which movie I’ll see next. Not everything plays conveniently to my location.

3 responses to “MP5: The Seagull

  1. We loved Ladybird! We saw The Seagull and because we had recently seen the play with one of our kids, we had our bearings going into it. At the play we found the first act slow and did in the movie as well. I think that is because it is a lot of exposition and set up for the second act. Also, the nature of young artist-new art form talk as well as young actress-I want to be famous talk is meant to be tiresome to our mature sensibilities. I thought it was interesting how famous author was shown sucking up the details of life around him and how he sucked the life out of the young actress. There seemed to be a parallel between the famous actress and her son. I was left questioning the motives of the son’s final actions. Was it that he saw all the unhappy results of unrequited love around him with no chance of happiness, the impossibility of getting his mother’s love and approval, hearing negative reviews of his own work, or fear of turning into an artistic cannibal? Another question I had: why can they only fall in love once? Is this a 19th century Russian thing? The farm manager’s badly told anecdote was intriguing. Opera singer /farmer in audience hitting a lower note. Can art only come from the trained artist or upper class? Is it art if it goes unrecognized? Does art need an audience?

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    • Good questions. Yes, in romance novels we also see this phenomenon of the protags having only the one love per person, unlike real life when many of us are capable of more, if not simultaneously then serially.


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