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.
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…
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…
The quirkiness is to rigged here for it's own good, but it's not without it momenrs of bittersweet joy. I like the concept of tragedy leading to love, just should have been executed in a different way.
So it's been a while for me since I have watched a movie without all the action, comedy, and other jazz, but with pure raw emotion. There was very little plot to the movie, but was filled with such dynamic characters that really took over the scene. The movie was a roller coaster of emotions from the sadness of Oliver's parents relationship and the effect it had on Oliver and his idea of a relationship to the happiness that Hal felt when he could be his whole-self and with Oliver and Anna in love. I loved that everyone was broken in their own way, but together they were able to help each other by sharing and being open. :)
I've been wanting to see this film since I was 13 and I saw the poster in the tunnel leading into the V&A. Somehow after 5 years, it's exactly the kind of film I always want to watch, a slow, sad and sweet film about loss and the fall out. Simply outstanding.
That movie was HeLlA GoOd! !!
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i can't get past anna's character as a bit too much MPDG/plot device (also, what the *fuck* is with goran visnjic's hair?), but plummer just nails it, and he has fantastic chemistry with mcgregor. it's the family stuff that really tore me up here.
The cartoons and the talking dog are a bit too much by the end, but Plummer is outstanding throughout, and the father-son relationship is touching and believable.
Charming look at our anxieties over relationships, the meaning behind our life choices, and how we often act in the only ways the past has taught us.
Melanie Laurent is so fucking attractive.
AV Club's 100 best films of the decade thus far.
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…