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Unusual downbeat drama.,
This review is from: Beginners [DVD] (DVD)
The stark, uncomfortably quiet opening where Oliver (Ewen McGregor) is cleaning out the house of his recently deceased father, emptying stuff into bin bags to stack outside, on a fairly miserable looking day, pretty well sets the mood for what is to follow. The film constantly switches between flashbacks of his dad's (Christopher Plumber)last years and episodes growing up with his mum, along side the present day as he falls for free-spirited French actress Anna. After the death of his mother, his dad had determined to live to the full the gay lifestyle that he was unable to before, even more so as he finds that he is terminally ill. There are moments of humour in the film and there is a quirky charm, but if this is a 'comedy drama' it is way down the drama end and low on any really funny moments. The film is thought-provoking and poignant at times and there are good performances by Plummer and his insecure boyfriend. I can see why some reviewers might regard it as depressing. My main criticisms would be the underdeveloped characters of Oliver's friends which did not seem to add to the story, and the over intensity of Anna and Oliver who seem tortured and rarely as happy as I'd think they should be. Definitely not a rom-com - this was an interesting watch (but probably not one I will watch again). Low key Soundtrack was ideal for the film.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2013, 09:00:21 GMT
Anna was useless part in the movie. Spoilt it for me.
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