Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #252 Beginners

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Movie #252 Beginners

(2010, US, d. Mike Mills)

Partly based on the true story of how director Mike Mills came to terms with his dying father’s recent coming out as a gay man, Beginners tells a very honest story about love and relationships. Though under the disguise of a story about coming to terms with a family member’s homosexuality, Beginners is a film about coming to terms with one’s own love life and the unpredictability and volatility of the modern relationship. It’s a film that probes but never questions the idea that love can be everlasting or that our decisions made in love can ever be trusted. The film is told in flashbacks as Oliver (played by Ewan McGregor) is recuperating from his father’s untimely death. A little dark but more than anything, honest, Beginners is a film that is at times funny, but most of all, poignant in its depictions. The dialogue feels real and so do the characters, even if they appear a little more melancholy than your average screen characters. Melanie Laurent is as beautiful as ever and Christopher Plummer delivers an Oscar-nomination worthy performance as his late father. Smart, funny, and obviously “indie”, Mike Mills’ film is not something that will stay in the minds of viewers for years to come, but is certainly an example of true and honest storytelling. What more can one ask for?


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