Written February 10, 2013
I had to drag my husband to see this movie. I knew I would like seeing my favorite British stars but he thought it would be boring. Much to his surprise he loved it as much as I did. Stunning scenery, superb acting, great music and a memorable plot make this movie one of our favorites.
Written August 01, 2015
this is a must see for any music lovers. The acting is wonderful, and the setting is cute, with a great old English mansion. ending brought tears to my eyes.
Written September 03, 2015
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 February 11, 2016
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 December 28, 2014
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.