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When it comes to relationships, we’re all beginners.
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
There is a really great heartbreaking and poignant story here of personal discovery yet it is buried under irksome and near film-destroying levels of quirk. This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise given it is from the director of Thumbsucker, a film suffocated by its indie credibility, yet with such a personal story I was hoping Mike Mills would have delivered a more restrained and truthful film this time around.
Instead we get a horribly self-aware film that constantly undoes the great work by Christopher Plummer and his fascinating character. Every embellishment seemed to rub me up the wrong way from the unnecessary voice over narration, the way McGregor talked to his father’s dog (and to make things immeasurably worse…
If I can forgive Ewan McGregor doing an American accent in your film, you've probably done something right. Beginners is sweet but not cloying, quirky but not too precious, and subtly moving. McGregor, Plummer and the absurdly pretty Laurent are brilliant, as is the photography and score. And Arthur.
Last years Best Picture winner, The Artist, featured a little Jack Russell Terrier that everyone raved about called Uggie.
While Uggie warmed my heart, Cosmo, the little Jack Russell Terrier of Beginners, broke it.
Last year was a good year to be a Jack Russell Terrier.
Probably the most joyless, uncharismatic romance ever put to screen. Why were they even in love? Who cares.
BEGINNERS tells the tale of an old guy who comes out of the closet after 50 years of marriage and leads a happy gay lifestyle until he dies of cancer. Then his son falls in love with a French actress. That's it. Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent have zero chemistry (even though they are both super cute and are my one true loves) and Christopher Plummer gives a pretty good performance as the gay father but his story is ultimately meaningless and uninteresting.
Also, look at that poster. It pisses me off for some reason. I think it's the way that the…
Performances : 8.1/10
Story : 7.4/10
Production : 6.7/10
Overall : 7.4/10
From the very beginning I was sucked in to Beginners. Mike Mills' storytelling is so charming, his descriptions and the bluntness that he uses to make his narrative come to life drew me in and kept me around. Christopher Plummer is beyond amazing playing an 73 year old gay man who just came out. McGregor and Laurent are fantastic as well.
It hits a bit of a rough patch half way through, and I think the ending could have used a little bit more...something. All in all though it was a fantastic little indie filled with great storytelling techniques and even better performances.
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Melanie Laurent is one of those actresses that can elevate whatever old shit she stars in. Don't get me wrong "Beginners" is a very good movie with some terrific performances , not just Laurent's. The movie that finally saw Christopher Plummer pick up an Oscar, this is what Hollywood would consider "quirky indie cool".
Even as a Scot I've never been a big fan of Ewan McGregor. He's not the greatest actor Scotland has ever produced and "Trainspotting" aside his movies hardly set the heather on fire. He also has a huge knob and that may explain part of the resentment and animosity I feel towards him. Here of course he gets to smooch with Laurent…
Rájöttem, hogy ha nem lett volna az a bizonyos szakítás az életemben, akkor rengeteg művet meg sem tudtam volna érteni igazán. Ez az újranézés is mindjárt árnyaltabbá tette a filmről alkotott véleményemet.
Egyébként az ilyen Olivérekbe lehet jó gyorsan beleszeretni, főleg ha úgy néznek ki, mint Ewan McGregor.
Granted I can see that Christoper Plummer was extremely good in his supporting role and was deserving of his Academy award. However, beyond that there wasn't much to write home about here; overly melancholy and another example of why Ewan McGregor should not be allowed to do American accents. It certainly won't live too long in the memory.
Solid, but grows a little weary on repeat viewings. All three leads (esp Plummer) are decent enough but nothing really grabs your attention.
Beginners was a blind buy for me, I picked it up just because I liked the look of it. After owning it for months, I finally sat down and watched it. What I got was a truly perfect film. The first five minutes have a real emotion and are really depressing, but that's where the film took me right in. Ewan McGregor's character Oliver has such a great relationship with his dog, and talks to him just like he's a person. Every now and again subtitles will come up, like the dog is talking back to him and like he truly understands him, it's so nice to see. Right here you see a man having a beautiful relationship with his…
Don’t know why I kept putting off watching this. It was an absolute treat. Great characters, beautiful sights and sounds, adorable dog, warm and affecting.
I can't seem to get this film out of my mind. A story about coming to grips with your own take on love as it compares to how your parents loved (or didn't). Director Mike Mills delivers a narrative based on his own experiences with his ill father who came out late in life. The story jumps between that story and a budding romance that is hindered by Oliver's own inhibitions. The minimal lighting, the naturalistic performances, and the inspired editing makes this my go to recommendation for anyone who has yet to experience this great film.
Writer/Director Mike Mills gives us this partly autobiographical tale of a young man's struggle to deal with his life's numerous twists and turns. Told in a non-linear fashion, we see Oliver (Ewan Macgregor) deal with the death of his mother, conflicts with his girlfriend, and acceptance of his gay father and his much younger lover. Slow in places but quite effective thanks to some good writing and solid performances ... Christopher Plummer won an Oscar for his portrayal of the father, and there was also some good work from Goran Visnjic (E.R.) and Melanie Laurent (Inglorius Basterds) was excellent. At times sad and poignant, but ultimately hopeful.
It's the relationships that make this movie what it is. The whimsy and sincerity of Anna and Oliver's relationship made me happy -- even when they were sad or insecure, they were themselves with each other. Oliver's relationship with Hal was very true to my idea of father-child relationships -- sometimes they were buds, and other times so hurtful, but always they were there for each other in their way. The one relationship that made this movie a bit irritating for me was between Oliver and Andy. I didn't understand where the chip on Andy's shoulder where Oliver was concerned was coming from. I suppose I could infer that the awkwardness for Oliver of Hal's late coming out and of…
"Beginners" (Mills, 2010) es una encantadora aunque desorganizada historia de amor y paternidad, con momentos de enorme lucidez.
Contada con el llamativo estilo de 'narrador de recortes', tan en boga desde "500 days of Summer", el filme sufre sin embargo de cierta desorganización argumental.
De destacarse el soberbio trabajo actoral de Plummer, quien se roba de lejos la película.
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