Beginners ★★★

The montages save the day. Everything Beginners does is achieved just in its parade of surprisingly evocative "This is what the president looked like. This is what pretty looked like" sequences, as well as other montages like the graffiti and the clean, graphic design elements like the quarters. But that would deprive us of Christopher Plummer's exuberance. Beyond that, it's a fine film. Delicately colored and composed for our judgment. Maybe lighter on ideas (of paternity, history, liberation) than it thinks. But an interesting work nonetheless.