Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Arts

August 23, 2013

‘Quartet’ full of cinematic, musical joy

DVD Review

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — While the individuals I’ve come across in recent years may not be able to tell on the surface, beneath this goofy and energetic personality is a dude who occasionally enjoys the soothing lilt of classical music. Steady your heart rock and rollers, for my background even includes the experience of playing not only old school European jams on the piano, but also the cello where I played at times with a full high school symphony.

As a result I’m totally down with my bad self and a copy of a movie where similar music is a central theme with today’s said experience featuring a very fly concept involving a retirement home for those with the utmost in mad skills. Thankfully, the result was not something where I wanted to drown myself in their pureed prunes, instead causing me to wish such a fantastic place could be waiting for me if I ever were unable to take care of myself, but still belt out some Beethoven or Bach. “Quartet” may seem very artsy for those not familiar in any way with the world featured, though if one relaxes and lets the experience take control, it is a generously witty tale worth inspiring another chance for anyone who may have felt their dreams too far gone to achieve.

Set at the previously alluded to Beecham House, one tidbit that makes this film so personal is how many members of the supporting cast were characters based on actual famous musicians. The core cast is led by Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins); all former opera singers who either teach or still engage in their craft and as they struggle with the maladies of age throughout, you begin to cheer for that one last hurrah they so desperately seek.

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