Written January 27, 2013
The performances of the actors in a British old age home for musicians are first rate and vividly portray the pathos of the sunset years of the elderly. Although the ending is uplifting, most of the movie is depressing and sad. Not because of the theme of living in the past when getting aged, but rather that the wounds and jealousies that plague our adulthood persist into old age when they shouldn't matter anymore. Dustin Hoffman does a great job of directing in his directorial debut, and the acting is first rate, but I found the movie to be mainly a downer.
Written December 26, 2014
Yes, of course I was going to see a film about aging opera singers, ESPECIALLY with the cast in this film. Seriously? Maggie Smith? Tom Courtenay? Pauline Collins? Michael Gambon? And Billy Connolly???? They are very simply wonderful, the dynamics are irresistable (as is Billy Connolly, but I've always had a thing for baritones, and he nails the type brilliantly). This is a charming, quiet film which deserves more attention. The music is wonderful, and although none of the actors are actually singers (with the wonderful exception of Dame Gwyneth Jones!), the director has handled that very well. I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves opera, great acting, and a good story.
Written October 22, 2014
If you think you know what this film is about, guess again. Life is just not that simple.
There is a good deal of depth developed, a strong touch of realism, sweetness, objectivity, not to mention beauty and joy. If you want to enjoy a truly entertaining movie, if you love excellent acting, a very well written script, and what is an obvious joy to have directed, go and see it.
The actors don't have to struggle here. There is a real script, a talented director, and people are really drawn into the film, from minute one to last moment. There's really no morbidity to speak of, but a realistic storyline that I think almost anyone can relate to. Young or old, you just may find you're surprised at how much you enjoy it. I was.
Dustin, you outdid yourself, my man!
Written October 21, 2014
The movie "Quartet" was a pleasure from beginning to end with touching and funny parts throughout . A lovely retirement home in a former manor house set in the English countryside whose residents just happened to have been some of England's finest musicians, vocal and instrumental, during their respective careers. The story included a long-lost love affair revived and confidence and love of their craft renewed. It was gratifying to witness the characters overcame their fear of growing old and not still being a star. Then seeing the pleasure brought about when they were able to celebrate the composer, the music, love and life as a retired person.
Loved it, loved it loved it! There is hope as we grow old and change.
We left the theater with a smile on our faced. Such a charming movie--great actors and performances.
Go see it, by all means! Very enjoyable and encouraging.
Written March 27, 2015
Charming story well acted with great musical scenes. Verging on cliche'ed I felt it went for laughs when drama and poignancy would work. Cast was excellent. Well played. I normal enjoy Billy Connolly but this was not a good part for him. I wished that someone other than. he had been cast. Still a nice movie in spite of that. Pity the ending was rather like Billy Elliot,
The location for the movie was perfect. A stately English Country home and landscape. Made we want to be there.