Rent Uncle Vanya (2020)

3.8 of 5 from 66 ratings
2h 28min
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Synopsis:
Sonya (Aimee Lou Wood) and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) throw their lives into maintaining the crumbling family estate, only visited occasionally by the radical and inspiring local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage). However, when Sonya's father, Professor Serebryakov (Roger Allam), suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena (Rosalind Eleazar), long-hidden truths start to emerge.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Aimee Lou Wood
Directors:
, Ian Rickson
Producers:
Sally Angel, Sonia Friedman
Writers:
Anton Chekhov, Conor McPherson
Studio:
Dazzler Media
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama, New Releases, Performing Arts
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/06/2021
Run Time:
148 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/06/2021
Run Time:
148 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (1) of Uncle Vanya

Disappointing - Uncle Vanya review by PD

Spoiler Alert
Updated 27/06/2021

Rather frustrating viewing, sadly, because there's little effort to make this feel like a film - instead, it's like sitting through one of those cinema tie-ins from the NT, only here, perhaps because there's no audience, the whole things falls rather flat. The shooting consists of shots of the whole stage with close-ups of the actors here and there, and the result is very tired eyes and brains (I had to watch it stages - in the cinema I would have fallen asleep, and I'm a fan of this sort of thing).

The material is of course rather topical - sheer boredom from being at home with the ensuing tensions between family members, the all-too present prospect of environmental destruction, the dread of ageing, the frailties and frustrations of love - human experience never changes, but a truly dreadful translation which sounds to me like someone trying to shoehorn their own interpretation onto proceedings means that you're forever trying to guess what this is rather than being absorbed into Chekhov. Toby Jones and Richard Armitage are fine actors, but it requires a huge suspension of disbelief to identify with them here, and the staging and pace are so staid that the only effect is to try our patience: the (essential)humour all but lost. And whoever instructed the woefully miscast Aimee Lou Wood (an impossibly young and attractive Sonia) to be nodding and shaking her head during the last speech needs to watch it over and over again to make sure they never do this again. A big disappointment, I'm afraid.

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