Quartet

0
0
Subscribe to Maggie Smith alerts

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 98 mins

In Theaters: Friday 1st March 2013

Box Office USA: $18.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $57.1M

Distributed by: The Weinstein Co.

Production compaines: Headline Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 107 Rotten: 28

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Stewart Mackinnon

Starring: Maggie Smith as Jean Horton, Tom Courtenay as Reginald Paget, Billy Connolly as Wilf Bond, Pauline Collins as Cissy Robson, Michael Gambon as Cedric Livingston, Sheridan Smith as Dr. Lucy Cogan

Quartet Movie Review


For his directing debut, Dustin Hoffman takes no chances, filling the screen with gifted actors who are working from an intelligent script. So even if it's essentially a rather flimsy little drama that never really stretches the talented cast, there's plenty to like along the way. And Hoffman makes sure that we enjoy ourselves, inserting some sparky humour and a bit of romantic comedy to keep us smiling.

It takes place in a stately home for retired British musicians, which is planning its annual fundraising gala. Then iconic soprano Joan (Smith) arrives, and the gala's diva-like director (Gambon) decides to reunite the quartet known for a famed performance of Verdi's Rigoletto. The other three have long been residents: womanising Wilf (Connolly) and ditzy Cissy (Collins) are up for it, but Reggie (Courtenay) has never recovered after his marriage to Jean failed decades ago. Of course, everyone connives to get Jean and Reggie to talk to each other, but getting Jean to come out of retirement to sing again is an even more daunting task.

Aside from the central theme of second chances, there isn't much to this film beyond watching a group of superb veteran actors have a lot of fun on screen together. As the swishy ringleader, Gambon camps it up hilariously, even as everyone else ignores him. Connolly gleefully chomps on Wilf's innuendo-filled dialogue, and Collins radiates warmth. While Sheridan Smith surprises with a strong turn as the doctor in residence. This leaves Smith and Courtenay with the script's only meaty scenes, and they make finding the raw honesty in these wounded people look easy.

In fact, everything about the film looks easy, as it slides by without a hitch. Hoffman even undercuts the sentimentality with quiet moments of wit, including the kind of pithy one-liners Smith must mutter in her sleep. All of this combines to paint a lovely portrait of a bunch of retirees who have a lot of life in them yet. None of the characters is ready to give up. And we have a feeling that none of the actors is either.

Rich Cline


Contactmusic

0
0
Subscribe to Maggie Smith alerts

Comments

Quartet Rating

" Good "

Advertisement

More Maggie Smith

Jamie Scott - Last Christmas Video

Jamie Scott of London duo GRAFFITI6 performs an acoustic rendition of Wham!'s 1984 festive single 'Last Christmas' in a black and white one-take video. In...

Christina Aguilera Ft. Brian McKnight - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Video

In 2000, Christina Aguilera recorded a collection of some of her favourite Christmas songs and the sessions resulted in the album 'My Kind of Christmas',...

Sam Smith - Like I Can Video

Sam Smith has launched the new video for his single 'Like I Can', released off of his number one debut album 'In The Lonely Hour'....

Jack Garratt - The Love You're Given (Live) Video

Buckinghamshire musician Jack Garratt performs an intimate live rendition of his new track 'The Love You're Given'. The artist has currently been touring across the...

Advertisement

Jack Garratt - Interview Video

Jack Garratt talks about his strict musical upbringing and subsequent multi-instrumental ability. However, it seems he hasn't always been dead set on being a musician...

Renee Fleming ft. Gregory Porter - Central Park Serenade Video

Renee Fleming and Gregory Porter perform a festive live rendition of their duet 'Central Park Serenade', taken from Renee's latest holiday album 'Christmas In New...

Laura Marling - Short Movie Video

Laura Marling has now launched the title track for her forthcoming new album 'Short Movie' alongside a colourful animated equine video. The record co-produced by...

Pond - Sitting Up On Our Crane Video

Tame Impala side-project Pond unveil a psychedelic graphics laden video for their new track 'Sitting Up On Our Crane', taken from their forthcoming new album...

Advertisement