Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Quartet (2012)

IMDb plot summary: At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
Directed by Dustin Hoffman. Starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins.

Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is a lovely, satisfying movie. It may not cover new ground or do anything really unique or original, but the cast is lovable, the music aspect is fun, and the script is solid. Its gentle warmness is sweet without being saccharine. It will no doubt invite lots of comparison to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Quartet is sweeter and lighter, but I did like Hotel a bit more for its slightly more realistic tone. 4 stars.

Flickchart: #438 out of 1951, below Inherit the Wind and above Reservoir Dogs.

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