Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
sweet sad stuff
Surprisingly witty, and funny Beginners is one of those movies that are supposed to make you feel better about homosexuality and realize that straight people have problems too. Everybody has problems that's life and that's how your supposed to feel coming out of this. I did come to realize that Melanie Laurent is in the top 10 hottest women of all time. Hands down much better looking in Inglorious Bastards but she is still a 10/10.
A fine film with terrific performances all round.
This film "almost" worked for me... it had all the right elements, that's for sure (quirky characters, non-linear storytelling, awesome dog). The concept of a young man struggling to figure out who he is and how he can maintain a healthy relationship... while recalling his father who went through a dramatic change in his relationship status late in life... is a great story.
However, I had a hard time seeing the connection between our main character's relationship with his father and his budding relationship with his girlfriend. I know the film wants us to see a parallel, but I didn't catch it as strongly as I felt like I should.
And the film pushed its "look at me, I'm a…
Classic story but told anew with an creative, intriguing, masterful new light and angle.
I know that I should be criticizing Beginners for being a quirky indie piece that tries to be profound but falls horribly short.
Yet this film managed to touch me and become something personal and something likeable. I might just as well re-adjust my Ray-Ban frames and admit that I'm helpless and incapable of critical thinking when it comes to this brand of cinema.
Pretty much the whole time I was watching Beginners, I was thinking, "This seems exactly like a movie I should hate...but I love it?" Beginners is about as quirky as they come with "talking" dogs and album art about the "history of being sad." Yet I didn't find myself as annoyed with it as I usually do, in fact, I found it oddly endearing...why?
I think the answer actually lies in the film's most quirky character, Georgia (Mary Page Keller), Oliver's (Ewan McGregor) mother. In flashbacks, we see her getting kicked out of art museums for imitating the avant garde art and driving on sidewalks by literally interpreting her son's directions. But this quirkyness as it were isn't about her…
This film made me cry. I miss my dad. He shouldn't have died so soon.
If your dad is still alive, you might find this a little slow and melancholy. The happinessometer never quite gets above 3, but it's a lovely and gentle celebration of grief, loneliness, and love. There's a nice underlying message throughout that it's really never too late to wake up and start savouring life.
I love this movie so much.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Elephant Man
- The Man from Nowhere
- Project Nim
- The Red Shoes
One of the most interesting things about films/art is the shared experience. I am always interested in what appeals to…
- 12 Angry Men
- (500) Days of Summer
- After Life
- American Beauty
- Annie Hall
150, because 100 is too limiting.
In alphabetical order, because ranking favorites is fucking impossible.
Ever-changing, because gems are discovered…