I’m honestly not a huge fan of love stories or chick flicks per say, mostly for the obvious reasons: they’re completely unbelievable and thus too easy to disassociate oneself from the characters. Of course, there are some unique exceptions, and today I’m talking about the newest one I’ve seen. That would be the 2010 Mike Mills dramady Beginners.
Beginners paints a portrait of a graphic designer, Oliver (Ewan McGregor), who is dealing with the death of his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), who had revealed himself to be gay shortly after the death of his wife. While recanting the unloving relationship between his parents, he meets an extraordinary young woman (Mélanie Laurent). In a subtle snowball effect, Oliver learns the importance of happiness and what it means to love someone.
Now, in my last What You Should Have Watched, I stated that this would be a love story that everyone needs to see – I really wasn’t kidding. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, taken, heartbroken, gay, straight, or one of the many in-betweens, Beginners is a love story unlike any other and worth your time and attention. It combines the best and worst realities of life in a beautiful, honest way, while still being charming and lighthearted. The result is a story and message of hope and resilience and the importance of relationships – romantic or otherwise.
So I implore you, dear readers, please give this movie a gander – if not for me, do it for Arthur, the Jack Russel who loves you. You won’t regret it.
Next time on What You Should Have Watched, a Canadian horror film that’s no show and all tell.