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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.
How can my heart break and heal this fast? Also, what I would do to be able to take my dog everywhere like Oliver does.
"Our good fortune allowed us to feel a sadness that our parents didn't have time for and a happiness that I never saw with them."
Ewan McGregor’s Oliver carries his pet dog around the entire movie because he’s afraid of leaving it alone in a literal analogy of the weight he carries after his father’s death. Sincere and maudlin to a fault, and diminished by Mélanie Laurent’s manic pixie dream girl; a shame, as she’s a compelling presence on screen.
ewan mcgregor can honestly f******* my ***********
"Yo tampoco sé vivir, solo estoy improvisando"
Ο σεναριογραφος και σκηνοθετης Mike Mills δηλωσε πως το "Beginners" ειναι σε μεγαλο βαθμο αυτοβιογραφικη ταινια, και αυτο φαινεται. Μεσα απο την παραλληλη αφηγηση σε τρεις διαφορετικες περιοδους της ζωης του πρωταγωνιστη μας δινει την δικη του οπτικη γωνια για το πως η κουλτουρα της καθε εποχης και το περιβαλλον μας επιδρα στην προσωπικοτητα μας. Και φαινεται πολυ φυσικη η ροη της αφηγησης καθως το κανει αυτο.
Το τελος δεν ειναι τοσο ενδιαφερον οσο η υπολοιπη ταινια, αλλα κραταει το ιδιο πνευμα και αφηνει γενικα καλες εντυπωσεις. Ισως καποιες σκηνες να επωφελουνταν απο μια πιο δραματικη προσεγγιση, οσον αφορα στα δυο ζευγαρια πατερα και γιου.
Enjoyed the movie although I felt Melanie Laurent's character to be a little underdeveloped. To me, it seemed almost as if she was just a shoulder for Ewan McGregor to cry on. They did go a little into her relationship with her father and all, but I just wish they could of done more to make her character an actual person. All in all, a solid performance from the cast and a nice film overall.
I wished Beginners was centered more to the story of Christopher Plummer’s character, than his son’s. Mike Mills’ small-scaled father and son drama is somehow perceptive and yet emotionally distant. What I admire about the film is it has a sense of melancholy that ruminates the narrative and the characters but the writing leaves them in a very optimistic tone. Honestly, I was more interested in Plummer’s closeted gay father than McGregor’s tiptoeing romance with a French woman. Plummer gives a warm, affectionate supporting turn that brings the vitality that the film needed. Not that McGregor is weak, but his arc feels stale and drowsy. Overall, Beginners is well-intentioned, warm drama that is perceptive on dealing with life and existence. However, its monotonous execution doesn’t really make for a riveting viewing.
i relate to the dog because i would also start crying if ewan mcgregor left me
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