Posted on 3/03/12 09:39 PM
My first review in a while, something good must have happend to me.
I must say that "Beginners" is quite a surprise though. I started it by thinking it would be a good movie, but it's not just that it's excellent! I say that "Midnight in Paris" is my favorite film of the year, but to be honest I could just film a coin between that and "Beginners" and I would still be happy. They both benefit from a big heart. I always love that in the movies.
In Beginners we go through two phases through Oliver's (Ewan McGregor) life. We see his life with his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) coming out of the closet after his mothers death. We also see flashbacks with Oliver spending time with his mother. And we also experiance his relationship with Anna (Mélanie Laurent) after his father passes away. "Beginners" is about the wonder and love of starting a new relationship and getting to love another one all over again.
Everyone in Beginners gives the best performance of their career, feel free to argue with that. I loved every relationship that Oliver had with his mom, dad, Anna, even his little dog Arthur. Mike Mills did an excellent job on the screenplay. Making us feel love for five characters isn't easy, but he masterfully weaves each story together. No relationship is bland or boring, it's fresh and alive.
I truly loved each relationship Oliver had. Especially the one he had with his father. Christopher Plummer, I loved him in this. He was just so charming. He made a unique, memorable character. I don't think he has every been better. I just loved everything he and Oliver would converse about.
Hal: Well, let's say that since you were little, you always dreamed of getting a lion. And you wait, and you wait, and you wait, and you wait but the lion doesn't come. And along comes a giraffe. You can be alone, or you can be with the giraffe.
Oliver: I'd wait for the lion.
Hal: That's why I worry about you.
Christopher Plummer gives the best performace of his career. On Oscar night there is always that one award I want it to go to no matter what. In 2011 it was Christian Bale for "The Fighter" and this year it was Christophers. He won that Oscar and I was a very happy boy. He deserved that more than any other award that was nominated that night.
The chemistry between Oliver and Anna was also perfect. This relationship also shows why Arthur is such a loveable dog. They do so much together, it's such a joy to watch. When they first meet Anna is silent, yet we still feel so much for them. Over time she soon begins to speak and we feel even more. We want them to make. They are perfect for each other. After the film was far from over I was still thinking about the two of them.
If "Beginners" was just about the relationship between Oliver and his father or Oliver and Anna with flashbacks of his mother and with Arthur added in it would still work. Mike Mills basically made two great screenplays and combined them into one excellent film. I loved every second of "Beginners" and I hope to watch it again.
Oliver: You re-wrote Jesus' death?
Hal: It was far too violent. We need new stories.