Flash Movie Review: Quartet

Growing old is like watching a balloon expand with each breath, never knowing when that one breath will cause the balloon to pop. As my friends and I age, the subject of how we may need assistance in our old age comes up more often. It is particularly important to those of us who are single; we wonder what will happen to us. An idea we have kicked around is buying an apartment building, where we can all live. It would allow us privacy but we would always have someone close by if help was needed. In a similar situation this sweet movie was about a home for retired musicians. Idyllic days filled with music and singing, building up to the annual charity concert celebration, received a surprise interruption. It was the arrival of new resident opera diva Jean Horton, played by Maggie Smith (Harry Potter franchise, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). Her appearance was even a bigger surprise to her former husband and resident Reginald Paget, played by Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass, Billy Liar). With the heavy weight of clashing egos, could the show survive and still be a success? For his directorial debut, Dustin Hoffman (Last Chance Harvey, Finding Neverland) did an admirable job in telling this safe, predictable story. I think Dustin’s job was made much easier by his impressive cast. Besides Maggie and Tom, there was Billy Connelly (Mrs. Brown, The Debt Collector) playing the flirtatious Wilf Bond, Pauline Collins (Albert Nobbs, Shirley Valentine) as the forgetful Cissy Robson and MIchael Gambon (Harry Potter franchise, The King’s Speech) as concert director Cedric Livingston. From the film’s entire cast there was a true sense of history behind the characters, that was proven at the start of the ending credits. An easy and enjoyable movie to watch. A thought came to me as I left the movie theater: When I take my last breath, I only hope it comes at the end of a movie’s credits.


3 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 27, 2013, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Looks good! Going to see it….:-) thnx for sharing. Lisa K

  2. Looking forward to this one. I saw Dustin Hoffman being interviewed about the movie on Charlie Rose a night or two ago. Now your review has made the decision for me. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Reblogged this on the secret keeper and commented:
    What a wonderful film. From the film clip yoh get such a sense of a great acti g troupe brought together in the similar flavor of The/Best Exotic Marigold Hotel but in this film no one goes to India but they do have the indimitable Maggie Smith. Definitely, on my film list of films to see as soon as it hits DVD. Bravo & Brava. Looks like a Hoot. jk the secret keeper

  4. Definitely on my list now!

  5. Oh gosh yes; it would be awful to expire half way through 🙂

  6. http://sophiebowns.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/planchette-part-41/

    It looks like a great film and you can’t go wrong with an ‘all star cast’ I enjoyed your review !

  7. I liked it less but nice to read different takes. Just finished my review.

  8. Not really interested in this – may watch for Maggie Smith. nice review!

  9. After reading your review and seeing the trailer I look forward to seeing the film. What a brilliant cast. Maggie Smith can sing…?

    • Thanks for leaving a comment, but I cannot tell you if Maggie sings in the movie. I believe viewers should go into a movie with as little information as possible, so they can get the full effect from the experience.

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