Monday, July 15, 2013

Quartet (2012)

Director: Dustin Hoffman. Cast: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon. 98 min. Rated PG-13. UK. Comedy/Drama.

At a charming "nursing home for retired musicians" in England, residents struggle with the dilemmas of old age, old heartbreaks, and long lost fame. Although Hoffman's directorial debut choice of story and setting is both surprising and amusing, the signs of an inexperienced filmmaker are there: the characters are fuzzy, their motivations and interactions are hard to believe, and the screenplay settles for a cliche ending. Beautiful acting throughout, but the actors are probably doing a great job on their own. Hoffman could've benefited from the advice of the great directors he's worked with, to make this a better movie.

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