The Seagull (2018)
Critic Consensus: The latest iteration of The Seagull does little to distinguish itself from other Chekhov adaptations but provides a pleasing showcase for its sterling cast.
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Bening, who has developed into an acting bird of Streep-like plumage, enjoys herself enormously as Arkadina.
Whatever their flaws, all of these characters are looked on with affection and sympathy - in true Chekhov style. In the end, even Irina gets her reflective moment - a hint that she may be capable of feeling for someone other than herself, after all.
Annette Bening is wonderfully haughty as Irina, the celebrated actor, visiting the family estate.
If the finale does flirt with tragedy...the aftertaste is refreshingly sardonic.
As comedy, as tragedy, or as anything much in between, Chekhov's drama obstinately refuses to come to life.
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The cast is good, but this is just further proof that Chekhov belongs on the stage. Also, there are some weird structural choices that undermine the play's natural tension.
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