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Beginners (2010)
May 27, 2011, 9:17 pm
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Director: Mike Mills

It’s depressing to see Ewan McGregor, now over forty, playing a role that seems to have been conceived for someone half of his age. A character birthed solely out of a series of vaguely connected idiosyncrasies, his mindset would have been much less unsettling within the context of twenty-something post-grads. This is one of those films in which the lead undertakes an artistic endeavor entitled “The History of Sadness” without a smidgen of irony. Though these films – which seem to exist almost exclusively to the American independent scene – can sometimes achieve a certain charm through their sense of whimsy, the gimmickry of Beginners is grating and ill-conceived. All of that being said, however, Christopher Plummer gives a sympathetic, earnest performance in an otherwise suffocatingly precious film.

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