Onegin Movie Review
Academy Award winner Ralph Fiennes and rising star Liv Tyler star in the remake Onegin, a movie that has good acting and beautiful direction but no substance.
First Tatyana (Liv Tyler) falls in love with Onegin (Ralph Fiennes), but after six years, the feelings are reversed. The ill-tempered aristocrat returns home to find that Tatyana is even more beautiful than before, and she is also married. Unfortunately, the story unfolds in such a way that there are hardly any climatic scenes, whether between the lovers or the competing men. Nothing much comes of any of the feelings felt towards each other, and at the end, it feels as though something was left out that shouldn't have been left out.
But at least Onegin is visually stimulating. Martha Fiennes directs with strong camerawork and beautiful scenery. Her use of silent shots are the most prominent, however, and the most daring. During times when great emotion could be felt through the characters' words, Fiennes decides to make the actors rely on their expressions and visual actions as their voices are totally cut away. At least the actors are up to the job. Both Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler are superb as the starring duo, Tyler in particular. Fiennes almost seems to compare to his rather crude character in The English Patient, but still pulls off a marvelous job. Tyler, on the other hand, varies from an innocent little girl to a strong yet emotional woman, showing that she can extend her acting ability to anything she wants.
The main problem with Onegin is that it is just boring. There is nothing exciting or prominent about the story, and there is not a single memorable scene in the whole movie. If you like very visual movies and want to see the actors, go right on ahead, but don't expect much of the movie to stick around in your mind.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.