DVD Review: Beginners

This is what love looks like.

Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is a graphic artist who has just lost his father. In the years before, his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer) tells him that he has terminal cancer. He also tells him that he's gay. He's been gay his whole life, even when he was married to Oliver's now deceased mother. He changes his lifestyle, starts a relationship with a much younger man, Andy (Goran Visnjc) and really starts to love life. Oliver tries to start a relationship with French actress, Anna (Melanie Laurent) hoping it gives him a new outlook on life.

I loved how the movie was shot, it was very arty without being pretentious. Christopher Plummer absolutely deserves all the awards he's been winning lately, he was fantastic in this movie. For a man given his death sentence, you could really feel the love radiating off of him. McGregor and Laurent have wonderful chemistry (as does McGregor with the film's dog), and they carry the movie well. It's cute, quirky, and still manages to pull on the heart strings. I left the movie wanting to give Christopher Plummer a gigantic hug.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote. "You re-wrote Jesus's death?" - Oliver (Ewan McGregor)


  1. yes! it's quirky, but not overly so. i really enjoyed this movie too.


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