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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.
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.
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…
Losing someone you love is a very devastating feeling. You go in a sad place of yours. You want to be left alone. But you still have to live a life.
Relationship, well everyone is still in the Beginners stage in this one.
Christopher Plummer who has given a performance that lives with a feeling to be lived. Hal Fields who has always been gay but was married to Georgia for 44 years and after her death he came out to his son. He got a boyfriend, he is enjoying life, reading, writing, planting but he is dying. Oliver, supportive of his father, feel lonely. Meets Anna who herself is lost but together they start something that they don’t feel…
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Strong Performances - Christopher Plummer
Review In A Nutshell:
Life is only beautiful if we are happy, and there are many contributing factors that lead to happiness, but none possess the large gratifying impact that love has. Love comes in all sorts of forms; it does not have to be limited by the standards of pre-existing or contemporary society. Ideas like sexual preference, monogamy, racial and cultural identity, should not matter; what does matter is that something wonderful is felt when in the presence of that certain person or group of people.
Beginners does not push its ideas down the audience's throat, it certainly is there and the film does spend quite a number of times deviating…
Stop what you're doing, pull the pin and drop the grenade. Blow up everything around you, walk away and start again.
That's what this film is really about, it's not about a 75-year old homosexual father but about him finally revealing his true self, to his son. He starts again, he clicks refresh on his browser but he's the same old man who has lived his life but now everyone else knows who he is and he has to lie no more.
It affects his son, of course. That's what this film is primarily about, it's about Ewan McGregor and his ever so quirky life. A little quirk here, a little montage here, Time Magazine here, Time Magazine there. Hitler…
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.
to fully understand ewan mcgregor's character is to come into this movie with baggage, fear, loss, joy, sympathy, remorse. all these things that are pivotal to our own stories, which form us into present individuals who are reminded of those moments in everyday life. the movie jumps around in the timeline of the protagonist to understand his formation into himself and the dilemma he finds with his life. this movie isn't perfect but it had an affect on me today that i'm still trying to sort out. i'd never heard of it until i found it on my netflix suggestions, but i'm glad i saw it. recommended.
i don't care if it's quirky, damnit.
No doubt some will find the indie sensibilities of Beginners to be insufferable. Me? I'm kind of a sucker for them.
Mostly I take a personal liking to romantic comedies that subvert or otherwise put a new spin on the genre. And while Beginners isn't as groundbreaking as, say, Her or Punchdrunk Love in that realm, it tells an undeniably personal story that weaves together messages of relationships, family, and what it means to be "real" not only to yourself, but to the people you love.
There are definitely elements of the quirk facade that do not seem fully fleshed-out or entirely necessary for existence. Oliver's career as an artist certainly compliments his sadcore persona, as well as the stylization…
sad, cute. why does it take place in 2003?
Lovely film following Oliver and his dog around as he flits between narrating his life at three points: as a child with his sad loveless mum, at the dying days of his dad whom his dying but also coming out as gay and then as he starts a new relationship. His non talking but subtitled dog is adorable and Ewan plays a quietly tortured man so very well. An effecting and moving film.
Drinking Game: "This is X in 2003. This is X in 1955."
Bottom Line: A jumbled look at a jumbled life that jumbles your emotions perfectly.
Titled after the film makers.
So there are pieces of memory from Oliver's life, a quirky girl, and a dog.
And the whole point is?..
The film falls into some familiar, existential indie film trappings, but succeeds thanks to its standout performances and underlying sweet nature
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The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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