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.
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.
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…
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…
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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Hermosísima peli, muy bien actuada y contada, toca un tema sensible, pero muy bien tratado. La química que hay entre los actores es increíble, las actuaciones son hermosas, tanto como Mélanie <3
It's simply amazing. I can't find words to describe how I felt watching this movie. It just shows love in it's most simple form, with no prejudice, it's just easy as it should be. I'm just enchanted about it. Super recommended!
Read my Washingtonian review.
La excelente interpretación de Christopher Plummer, merecidamente refrendada con el primer Óscar de este enorme actor, es lo único que salva a esta pretenciosa y aburridísima muestra de lo peor del cine postizamente “de autor”. Un cúmulo de virguerías visuales de saldillo y un Ewan McGregor desorientado con el que es imposible empatizar.
QUESTION: Why are the costume parties that I get invited to always really shit compared to costume parties in films?
Ewan McGregor is so dreamy in this film.
Cute talking dog.
I'm not sure how I attract it but most of what I have stumbled upon lately turn out to be depressed movies, that is the main character goes through the film in a gloomy state. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being severely depressed, I would rate this one a 7. It is a best among the 7's I've watched so far. This one tackles grief so simply that it just strikes. Smooth scenes intertwining flashbacks and present time without much ado, or close-ups on falling tears, or complicated dialogue don't always go this right.
Very human and raw, unexpected piece from Ewan Mcgregor.
- 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…