The Station Agent (2003)


“It’s funny how people see me and treat me, since I’m really just a simple, boring person.” – Fin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A dwarf inherits an abandoned train station and decides to go live there in solitude.

My Take on it – This is yet another film by Tom McCarthy that works really well.

This was his very first film and each subsequent film has gotten even better.

The story works on numerous levels and is a great character study because it gives us four characters with problems that they all try to solve by themselves and eventually realize that the best way is with the help from others.

The three core characters who are played by Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale unexpectedly forge a friendship that none of them ever expected and they see how it helps to enrich each of their lives depsite the fact that they all wish to once again regress to a life of solitude at certain parts.

The dialogue is great despite it being somewhat quirky but overall it feels very realistic the entire time.

They manage to develop each of the four main characters quite well and as we slowly learn the issues each of them face, we get a better understanding of what kind of lives they led when they were alone and how it has changed once they have become acquainted with their newfound friends.

Bottom Line – Very interesting character study. The three main characters each have their own problems and plan to deal by themselves until they start to unexpectedly create a budding friendship between them. The dialogue is quirky yet it still feels realistic. Each of the characters are developed quite well over the course of the story and try to find solutions to their own personal problems.  Great debut for McCarthy who has been able to create some great stories over the years. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Tom McCarthy wrote the three main roles directly for the actors who ended up playing them. McCarthy has said in interviews that at the time of writing he was friends with Peter Dinklage, an acquaintance and colleague of Bobby Cannavale, and almost a complete stranger to Patricia Clarkson. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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