Quartet Movie Reviews
User reviews on Quartet
This is a film for an older audience and I think that audience will enjoy it. I saw the film with my mother and she thought it was great while I thought that it was alright. The screenplay is very straightforward and quite sentimental but I thought the film was very intelligent as well. My mom thought the film was quite charming and she said she liked it because it showed a happier take on old-age. The performances in the film were really great, no wonder that actor-turned-director Dustin Hoffman, gave the actors freedom to do their thing and he was right to trust them. Overall, I think this film will do very well with an older audience and as for me, I thought it was sweet but a bit too sad and slow for my taste.
Okay, so everybody my age and younger knows Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter movies. We also know Dustin Hoffman as Ben Stiller's dad in Meet the Fockers. So I was kinda curious to see what they would be able to do together in a movie, even though Hoffman is working as director and not in front of the camera. The movie is good, pretty solid story, and the acting is equally good (occasionally great, I'd say). This is a movie probably meant for older audiences since it is about older people in a retirement home, but I think anyone who likes smart and well-made movies will like this one. I liked the way they used the music in the film to tell the story, especially when things go sour between some of the main characters. I have a suspicion that Maggie Smith will get nominated for a lot of awards for this role, though the movie will probably get looked over.
Triple - nay, quadruple! - loved this movie! It's SO good! Dustin Hoffman has long been one of my favorite actors (I still watch Tootsie and The Graduate at least twice a year) and so I was naturally mega maha excited to see his directorial debut. The story is about a former legendary singer named Jean (played by Maggie Smith) who moves into a retirement home for singers and entertainers. She ends up coming back into contact with her old singing partner whom she hadn't seen or talked to in ages. They are also having a gala concert at the same time which makes them come together. The whole cast is great, especially Maggie Smith who is the star of the film. I wish every movie was this good at this time of year. Usually you just get a few goodies right before New Years because all of the Oscar bait has long since released. Take your family to see this, they will love it! That's a quadruple promise.
Is it me, or did Maggie Smith somehow manage to become the world’s biggest and most beloved movie star right under our noses? She is literally everywhere these days, from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey to Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet. It might just be time to do the unthinkable and officially knock off Tom Cruise from his elevated position as the World’s Biggest Movie Star. Everyone seems to want Dame Maggie Smith these days . . . and if the box office flop that was Jack Reacher is any indication, we’ve had our fill of Mr. Tom Scientology Cruise.
Okay, okay, I’ll stop bashing Jerry Maguire. But seriously: when did Maggie Smith become her own cottage industry? She’s like the international version of Betty White. Only fouler. Much, much fouler. Like the dowager of Downton Abbey and the prissy retiree of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Maggie Smith is everyone’s favorite grouchy old woman. She tells it like it is, without any care for what others might think or how their sensibilities might be hurt. She’s Sophia from The Golden Girls (hello again, Betty White!) only with a classier and meaner streak. Yeowch.
Hoffman’s directorial debut has her playing Jean Horton, a retired singer who descends upon a home for retirees known as Beecham House. As soon as Jean arrives, her sharp wit and merciless tongue makes the other retirees wonder if their haven should not instead have been christened b@#$’em House, because she turns the place upside down. She is reunited (much against her will) with her old singing partner. Their relationship in decades-old tatters, they must find a way to put aside their differences and sync their vocals for the Beecham House Gala Concert. (Side note: they should try to remake this with Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj in 30 or so years).
The movie is a bit too adorable for its own good at times, even when it tries to be all stuffy and British. The music is the movie’s saving grace, allowing the actors to really belt out their emotions in ways that you might not expect from an actor like Dustin Hoffman. To Hoffman’s credit, the cast is really allowed to shine, especially Maggie Smith, who proves once again that she isn’t just a born scene stealer. She’s turned scene domination into a cottage industry.