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…
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.
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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…
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.
I have not liked Ewen MacGregor in anything since Trainspotting but here he is marginally more likeable. Beginners is a well-made and acted film in which the show is stolen completely by Christopher Plummer, who gives a performance that earned him an Oscar (though I think that's a bit of a stretch - he's great, but not that great). Melanie Laurent seems strangely out of place but that's forgiveable because she's so damn lovely and charming. The subtitles indicating the thoughts of the dog were a cute Miranda July-ish touch, which I guess makes sense seeing as the director Mike Mills is married to July. A lovely film.
You point. I'll drive.
Funny, touching, authentic
Funny, touching, authentic
Grief, loss, love, family of origin
A touching film about Oliver (McGregor) who is dealing with the death of his father (Plummer), who at age 75 reveals that he is gay and has terminal cancer. While dealing with his grief Oliver tentatively falls in love.
“Beginners” traz grandes atuações do elenco, sobretudo de Ewan McGregor e Cristopher Plummer (premiado com o Oscar), e apresenta uma montagem diferenciada, no entanto parece, em grande parte, não funcionar, o que se lamenta, pois havia uma qualidade diferente aqui. A impressão é que os personagens, depois de um início instigante, carecem de maior elaboração, e a parte conceitual do filme cresce de tamanho modo que passa a ser mais uma análise psicanalítica sobre as relações. A presença misteriosa de Mélanie Laurent é inicialmente um acréscimo, mas, à medida que a narrativa transcorre, temos a sensação de que apenas dialoga com a relação que o personagem central tem com a mãe e seu pai. Assim, seu namoro com o personagem…
It’s depressing to see Ewan McGregor, now over forty, playing a role that seems to have been conceived for someone half of his age. A character birthed solely out of a series of vaguely connected idiosyncrasies, his mindset would have been much less unsettling within the context of twenty-something post-grads. This is one of those films in which the lead undertakes an artistic endeavor entitled “The History of Sadness” without a smidgen of irony. Though these films – which seem to exist almost exclusively to the American independent scene – can sometimes achieve a certain charm through their sense of whimsy, the gimmickry of Beginners is grating and ill-conceived. All of that being said, however, Christopher Plummer gives a sympathetic, earnest performance in an otherwise suffocatingly precious film.
A cynical and truly lovable film about life and love and fate that i wish didn't try to make an Allen of itself and solve it's structural problems and cut the trumpet and add the heart. Very good.
I loved Beginners so much! The playful style, sad but romantic tone, subtle/charming sense of humor, and basically everything else about it. I rarely enjoy movies this much, I'm so glad I watched this.
- 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…
- The Social Network
- Chasing Amy
- Blind Date
- Dirty Pretty Things