it finally has an order and i'm at peace
When it comes to relationships, we’re all beginners.
Oliver meets Anna only months after his father has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized life. The upheavals of this new honesty brought father and son closer than they'd ever been able to be.
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
Anna: Why do you leave everyone? Why did you let me go?
Oliver: Maybe because I... I don't really believe that it's gonna work, and then I make sure that it doesn't work.
Fuck. This is it.
Beginners is the kind of movie that built his greatness in the performances given by all these amazing actors. They were all subtly amazing. It's the kind of movie that left me thinking. Thinking about nothing. A nothingness that hurts. Bravo!
The better version of Knight of Cups, Beginners details the story of one man’s struggle with isolation-induced depression following the passing of his father.
Among the soft touches of a slowly bouncing cinematography with just the right amount of shallow focus, Beginners has a really delicate story at the heart of it that, in weaker hands, surely would become over-washed with emotion or not sentimental enough.
Past it’s “indie” guise, Beginners is definitely more digestible than most associated within that “indie” collection, in no short part due to the acting of Christopher Plummer. In what could be a coast of a performance, Plummer fields every emotional beat and then some. Particularly, upon learning each time of his ever-nearing demise, Plummer’s…
Evidently between now and 2011 I lost my soft spot for quixotic independent dramedies. Now I'm afraid to rewatch (500) Days of Summer.
you make me laugh but it's not funny
I loved this film to death
i really enjoyed this movie and the way ewan mcgregor narrates throughout
i can't believe i cried while melanie laurent read hairy cheest
I love being sad
i want to live inside this movie
I can't recall much from the first time I watched this way back, but on a much needed re-watch/first watch, damn is my heart full. There's so much love and sadness going on in this film. The flow of the thing from the past to present and the relationship of McGregor's character to those who have been in his life is of equal importance. The real love of it though, is Plummer of course. As Hal, an aging gay man who has come out late in life, and with only a few years left to live, we watch him embrace his life to the absolute fullest. Plummer is fantastic in the role as his numerous accolades will attest. Yes, it is sad but in a different way that gives you a moment of gratitude for what you saw.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Complete list. :-(