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Reviewed byzif ofozVote: 9/10/10
Boredom and Apathy - that is what this movie is all about. (In myopinion)
The lead character Leon and his Trotsky obsession are actually symbolicof leadership. Trotsky dealt with apathy and boredom but found hismeans to manifest the phenomena of the Russian revolution. Leon mustdeal with apathy and boredom but will he become a leader?
The Odessa Steps dream sequences are a delightful and comical look intoLeons head. The movie is worth seeing just for this!
I greatly enjoyed the skillful performances from each character. Theirdialog is top notch and the director pulls this 'Trotsky' idea togethernicely.
What is the fate of Leon - we will never know.
Reviewed byreneweddanVote: 8/10/10
The Trotsky is a teen-comedy with a hint of Goodbye Lenin's politicalsatire and Charlie Bartlett's humour/plot. Although some of the actingseems mediocre, I enjoyed the film.
You don't need to understand the biography of Leon Trotsky, it explainsit in a subtle way that is enough to enjoy the film, but doing researchbeforehand might be a decent idea.
Don't take this film too seriously, just enjoy it for what it is. Itisn't like a normal film, it's sort of a modern teen-comedy aboutrevolting against injustice, although the injustice is ratherinsignificant in the grand scheme of things.
Well-done, worth watching, but only if you have an open mind and enjoyquirky films about adolescent injustice.
Reviewed byDaniel CarknerVote: 8/10/10
I read some really bad reviews of this movie before going to see it. Inthe end, I liked it better than I thought I would. However, a lot ofthe political humour is very basic and wouldn't make sense to peoplewith more than a passing knowledge of communism, activism, etc.
However, as a teen comedy, not to be taken seriously as a politicalfilm, it works very well for the most part. A lot of the scenes,acting, and one-liners are quite funny.
Some of the acting done by secondary characters is not really up topar. Even Leon's character or that of his co-stars (his parents,principal, would-be wife, etc.) tend to be one-dimensional. I thinkthis film could have been improved by occasional moments ofself-reflection or doubt. As it is, Leon's character tends to comeacross as a quirky cartoon a lot of the time.
Still, as a light form of amusement, it works quite well.
Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast and Red Army hero, Leon Trotsky. When his father sends Leon to public school as punishment for starting a hunger strike at Papa's clothing factory, Leon quickly lends new meaning to the term 'student union', determined as he is to live out his pre-ordained destiny to the fullest and change the world.