Film #363: BEGINNERS
4 out of 5 stars
BEGINNERS is a sad yet enchanting film about a man dealing with the death of his father. While the trailer for this film would lead you to believe it is more about the fact that his father “came out” while in his seventies, the film is really more about grief, how we deal with it, and how we “move on.” The gay thing is really more of a device by which the filmmaker is able to address how we all continue to live on throughout our lives, not just until we are “mature.” It is also about finding love and the things we do in our lives to find it, keep it, and – in some cases – sabotage it. Writer / Director Mike Mills (THUMBSUCKER) handles what could have been a depressing subject withgreat dexterity while actors Ewan McGregor (ANGELS & DEMONS, TRANSPOTTING) & Christopher Plummer (12 MONKEYS, THE THORN BIRDS, STAR TREK: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY) - who was just nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar – do their usual terrific job. The script’s dialog is a little on the kooky side, but once the viewer settles into it, the – dare I say – life-affirming theme of the film is undeniable and a joy. Fun, sad, beautiful, heartwarming, heartbreaking… As you can probably tell, I liked this one. BEGINNERS is a terrific little snowflake of a film – unique, beautiful, and really enjoyable. Recommended!