The Beginners – ***

Posted: September 18, 2011 in 2011, Comedy, Drama, LGBT themed, UK, USA, XXX

What a great movie. The trailer promises good things and it delivers! It’s not funny, but charming. There’s drama, but it’s not dramatic. It’s a well-balanced take on someone’s view of ‘love’ and his inability to believe it can be true and lasting.

Not really sure why I liked it so much. Just the combination of it all. The storytelling isn’t that special and it jumps back and forth which normally gives me a headache, but worked fine in this movie. I liked the fact that the main character doubts so much about ‘love’. Just the thing I needed to see at the moment. And hey, when was the last time you saw a movie in which the main character’s 75y old father ‘becomes’ gay? The directing also isn’t all that unusual either, but there were several scenes that I really liked. Simple funny ones like the one in which the main character leaves his dog behind at the lover of his deceased father. Just double checking if the dog doesn’t miss him, he stops and waits to hear if the dog is barking or not. He not only does it once, but four times. It sounds silly written here, but it worked in the movie. However, I enjoyed the acting a lot. I’m a big fan of Ewan McGregor anyways. Especially when he plays a sweet, honest, good-hearted, somewhat naive thinker. When will we ever get to see him as a bad character? Doesn’t matter. Christopher Plummer is good too. Even though I thought he was a bit overacting the gayness of his character. And Mélanie Laurent is a revelations! Wow. That’s someone to look out for!

Just a nice movie. Really deserves only **1/2, but I personally liked it a lot, so there you go: ***

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