The Seagull: Too Little of a Good Thing 

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Sony Pictures Classics

I was so looking forward to the 2018 adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, starring Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss and Brian Dennehy, which will open in Boise this Friday, June 22. When I heard that Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam (The Humans) had trimmed down the classic play to a taut 98 minutes and Tony-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) would direct the project, I was optimistically intrigued.

As it panned out, Bening, Ronan, Moss and Dennehy are superb, but the film itself is a what Chekov would have called a “besporyadok.” Translation: it’s a mess. Worse, it’s a bore. The adaptation just never takes flight.

I’m terribly afraid of audiences thinking that Chekhov’s original The Seagull is a besporyadok. I assure you, it’s wonderful. I’ve witnessed several stage adaptations that crackle with wit, but as for this film—some of the performers certainly spread their wings, but the overall production never really takes flight.

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The Seagull is not showing in any theaters in the area.

The Seagull
Rated PG-13 · 98 minutes · 2018
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Director: Michael Mayer
Producer: Leslie Urdang, Tom Hulce, Robert Salerno, Margaret Skoglund, Ron Simons, Galt Niederhoffer and Noah Millman
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Billy Howle, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Brian Dennehy and Michael Zegen
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