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The Station Agent back to product details

what can i say? it's just not that great.
written by ironswallow September 6, 2005 - 12:07 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie parallels Sideways for me, so I'm sure if you liked one you'll like the other. Unfortunately with both I don't see what the hype is about besides great performances by the leads. The plots and metaphors are so transparent that the films feel pretentious. They beat you over the head with the notion that the lead character is withdrawn, and that lack of subtlety feels very amateur. There's also the sense that the film is trying too hard to be quirky with little regard for continuity or plausibility, such as the completely random friendship between the two male leads (Sideways, anyone?). All that aside, Patricia Clarkson is again loveable and Peter Dinklage is absolutely wonderful; it's nice to see a dwarf actually humanized on cinema.

was surprising
written by kohnfused1 July 19, 2004 - 10:07 AM PDT
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
This is a movie about acceptance. Not just about one's self, but also about life in general. This is a quiet film that explores one such persons' (The Station Agent) experience. The dialogue is sparse, but the silence in between is very effective. The supporing cast is excellent and at times, manages to shake focus from the main character. I liked this movie for its honesty and simplicity.

One to treasure.
written by underdog July 12, 2004 - 3:19 PM PDT
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Tom McCarthy's little film that could was one of the real surprises of 2003, an indie film with an assured sense of comic timing, humanity, and storytelling, with a lovely use of surrounding landscape, too. Quietly, Peter Dinklage gave one of the best performances in recent memory as the dwarf man who wants nothing more than to be left alone, to watch trains pass. Unwillingly entered into a friendship triangle (Bobby Cannavale as the sweet-natured and extremely bored coffee truck man, and Patricia Clarkson, as a local artist dealing with a tragic loss and a failing marriage, are equally fine -- but when is Clarkson, fast becoming one of indie film's best actresses, not excellent?) Dinklage's Fin goes through an achingly real and subtle character transformation in a script so superbly crafted it almost brings tears of joy to one's eyes. What's also surprising is the moments of natural comedy that spring throughout (including Clarkson's first encounters with Fin), and the stellar use of northern New Jersey rural locations. Fans of the film Lovely and Amazing will likely recognize the wonderful young African American actress, Raven Goodwin, from that film. In addition to, as has already been said, giving audiences a dwarf character who is not patronized or objectified, The Station Agent will also make you feel more affection for trains and train enthusiasts.

Add to that some engaging audio commentary with the director and his cast, and you have a DVD to treasure.


(Average 7.60)
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