Monday, December 26, 2011

Beginners - A Few Thoughts

In July Siobhan saw and reviewed Beginners, a Mike Mills film starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent.

I will not bore you with the details, and you can read Siobhan's synopsis of the film in her review, but I had a decidedly different reaction upon seeing it. Beginners will probably rank amongst my top ten films of 2011.

I am sure we both can agree that Christopher Plummer offers a great performance. There is a strong possibility that his performance will factor heavily into Oscar debate in the coming months (he is currently nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards). This is the same man who used to scare me as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965). He is a tremendous Canadian actor who routinely thrills audiences at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, in Stratford, Ontario.

Siobhan's chief complaint dealt with the relationship between Oliver (McGregor) and Anna (Laurent). I loved the two actors together and I was fully invested in the outcome of their relationship. There was a beautiful comfort and ease between Oliver and Anna and my heart ached for them to end up together. I have loved Mélanie Laurent since seeing her fantastic performance in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009), and I cannot wait to see Le Concert (2009), which I have requested from the public library.

Beginners is yet another example of a film when two people, like myself and Siobhan, who have such similar tastes can have vastly different opinions.

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