The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
Structured flashbacks tell the story of Oliver’s relationship with the real protagonist of this film: his father who after the death of his wife came out for being gay. Over seventy years of age, openly gay, an active member of the gay community and with a younger lover that is. Luckily, director Mike Mills is smart enough to handle this subject with a comical vibe, instead of going full throttle on all the potential drama. He also succeeds in pulling off the non-chronological approach fairly well and with delicacy. He is less successful, however, in crafting a picture that regards the old man - Hal is his name - as someone more than innocently cute; Mills seems a bit too…
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…
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.
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McGregor and Plummer do a nice job, but man, does the story lack any chemistry.
I'm not being dramatic but I'd die for ewan mcgregor & melanie laurent
Sympathische Charaktere und eine zaberhafte Melanie Laurent, aber leider hat mich der Film überhaupt nicht gepackt. Vielleicht war ich auch einfach in der falschen Stimmung.
A sweet film that is as much about dealing with loss as it is about falling in love. Though its pacing suffers a bit from length, it is still an excellent reminder of Melanie Laurent's talent and the reliability of Christopher Plummer.
I enjoyed this film, particularly for its form, because I thought it contributed to the theme very well. The time jumps and the monologue over pictures were effective. I liked that the past were shown more as memories than events, and each one past memory affected the main character, Oliver, in the present. As Oliver learns more about his parents, particularly his dad, the meaning of each memory, even repeated ones, change. I like how deep the characters are written but not necessarily expressed, encouraging viewers to think about each character's thoughts and motivations.
I sure do like remembering the times I was in love. Fuck you Ewan McGregor, and your little dog too.
Beginners is so sweet, so sad, and so funny at the same time, it's really a beautiful experience, visually and emotionally. This movie feels so meaningful but is still genuinely enjoyable everytime you see it. I truly think this is one of the best movies out there.
Mostly cute and sad and well-scripted. While the storylines involving Christopher Plummer coming out and exploring the gay scene at age 75, and Ewan McGregor dealing with the before and after of his father's death, and his reconsideration of his mother's experiences as the wife of a closeted gay man, were all really good, I found the romance aspect the least interesting. I just wanted grief and gay stuff and sad 60s domesticity, none of this hetero romance stuff (despite Melanie Laurent being adorable, obviously).
Anyway I still cried a lot.
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