Plot: 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.
Director: Mike Mills
Writer: Mike Mills
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent
It's never too late
I find it amusing that this year we seem to be flooded with movies that insist into making life itself their protagonists, at the same time being mind numbingly dull. First we have the ponderous experience entitled "The Tree of Life". Now we have "Beginners" - a movie with the script so wasted, it borders on committing a crime. The story follows Olivier, sullen man approaching 40, who has just lost his father. Olivier spends his day talking to his father's dog Arthur and making his pretentious art entitled, wait for it, "the history of sadness". I felt bad for that dog - If I were him I'd run away from the owner like that - Olivier takes the phrase "being emo" and brings it to whole new level of nonsensical sadness, oh I'm lonely and I'm scared of commitment. Boohoo.
Laurent is a disaster. Here is a character that is supposed to bring that magical spark, injection of life into picture. I saw "Henry's Crime" few weeks ago - very mediocre film but because of Vera Farmiga I will never forget it - she took quirky character and pumped it with so many vivid emotions you just fall in love with her.With Laurent you have a feeling she may fall and die in any second, for there is no life in her. Instead of casting someone like Farmiga, Rachel Weisz or Audrey Tatou who can be either lively, profound or adorable, they chose Laurent. She singlehanded made this movie into a snooze fest - looking at her nearly put me to sleep.
The title alludes to the fact that all of the characters begin something - Hal comes out, Oliver tries to overcome his fear of committing to someone, Anna finally decides to settle in. I suppose there is wisdom in the movie - that it is never too late for something new in your life. The message is lovely, the film is not.