Written February 18, 2013
If I had to choose between seeing Quartet and having all my windows blown out by an exploding meteor, it might come down to whether the windows would be covered by insurance, because that at least would be interesting and wouldn't cost me anything.
Written February 21, 2013
True, as older adults we like watching movies about a generation of people we can relate to and yes this was directed by actor Dustin Hoffman. Overall the movie is charming, but there was really not enough time used to explain the histories of the performers, build their characters or give them enough realistic time to reconnect. Nobody just starts talking as if they were back in the good old days without lots more tension and time to heal the wounds.
Also, quite frankly, I think it would have been far more realistic if he used actors who could really sing so seeing the Quartet actually perform would have made a major difference in the ending. Hearing the familiar voice of Pavrotti signing the quartet was distracting. And not seeing them sing made it fake. Also the soprano who did sing was quite obviously singing along to someone elses record. She could never have hit those high notes at her age. they could have taken the music orchestration down a scale to accommodate her.
Written February 28, 2013
What a joy to see a movie NOT filled with violence and special effects... This one is a gem, dealing with the realities of aging, but done with humor and sensitivity. Many involved in the productions were professional singers themselves at one time. Make sure and stay for the credits where they show pictures of these in their prime, and what they were know for.
Written February 19, 2013
I found this movie to be one of the rare joyful movies since the players were retired singers and musicians. It had moments of sadness redeemed by pure happiness. The performances were fantastic and I would recommend the movie to anyone, particularly those above 25.
Written March 03, 2013
Love that line and so believe in this home for talented musicians and singers. In a small theater only a third full and we broke out clapping at the credits. I had tears in my eyes when I saw pictures of the before and after... partly for respect of who they are, remembering some of them and then like me looking so different now that I did not recognize some before the credits. Then, it feels good to laugh at one's self too.