The Station Agent – 5 out of 5
I first saw this film not long after it came out. I became aware of it after seeing Peter Dinklage on The Daily Show where he was talking about it. This was years before Game of Thrones and I had no idea who Dinklage was or that many years later, I would geek the fuck out when he was standing on a balcony over me at San Diego Comic-Con.
Anyway, he was charismatic and funny with Jon Stewart and really sold me on the film. I wish I could tell you that I went out to the nearest theater that was showing it right away but it wasn’t playing near me and I was a poor college student at the time when it came out in 2003. It wasn’t until I would get Netflix (pay me, I said your name) two years later and I was no longer a poor college student but a poor post-college adult with crippling student debt hanging over my head that I was able to see it. Recently, a fan of the blog made a few requests for reviews and this was one of them. I was more than happy to revisit The Station Agent.
|Look at him...being all charismatic and likable.|
Finbar McBride (Peter Dinklage) recently lost his closest friend and found out that he was left a piece of land on an abandoned train depot. Fin sees this as an opportunity to withdraw from the world and finally find some solitude. You see, Fin is a quiet introvert with achondroplastic dwarfism and he feels ostracized by the world because of their disrespect for his height and leering glances. However, it doesn’t seem he’ll find the peace he was seeking as a local food truck operator named Joe (Bobby Cannavale), an artist suffering with relationship problems with her husband stemming from a horrible past named Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), and a librarian named Emily (Michelle Williams) stumble into Fin’s life and make it their mission to coax him out of his shell and form bonds and friendships with the man.
|"Look, you don't have to be mad. I was merely suggesting that we split an|
order of nachos..."
|His eyes are up a little higher, madam!|
|Fin just realized that Joe has a Playboy hidden in his book.|
|Of course, if you pause the movie at the right time, Dinklage looks downright evil.|
|"Me? Phone it in? Get outta here...seriously, get out of here!"|
Bobby Cannavale is incredible amusing as Joe and is able to showcase an innocence of a boy trapped in a man’s body that desperately wants to be Fin’s new BFF. Patricia Clark does a tremendous job of playing the woman who is doing everything she can to hide her pain only to discover that there is a new comer in her life that she can vent her tragedy to. Finally, when you combine these three main players, you have a group of unlikely friends that showcase a real chemistry onscreen and really come off like real-life buddies and not just actors playing friends.
|That's not a cigarette...|