that kill me
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.
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…
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…
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…
i relate to the dog because i would also start crying if ewan mcgregor left me
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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…
That part where Ewan is looking at his Dad for the last time with eyes full of tears and Hal stares back with the crazy hair and big smile is an image that I carry with me
"You make me laugh but It's not funny."
Ok but why didn't the DOG win the Oscar?????!!!???
Strong ending almost got this and extra half star but so much of the quirky stuff just didn't work and only impeded the effectiveness of the story.
"we knew it wouldn't work, even before we met her."
christ almighty this hits too close to home. even down to the jack russell terrier.
that was so great
Beginners is an extremely intelligent and thoughtful film, with masterful acting and an immeasurable capacity for raw emotion. It is a wonderfully direct and honest experience that alternates between euphoria and misery and a mixture of both. I don't know how it took me this long to watch this.
ewan McGregor is such a tiny sad beautiful man
6 years later, my 2nd viewing, this still really holds up.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Can't tell if satire or not.
Working on adding notes for all of them.
Almost any movie directed…