Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
Though they put on a good front despite it, hanging on the back of everyone’s mind is what to do to keep the home open as it desperately needs financial support and it seems that it may come down to a grand night of performances led by former famous director Cedric Livingstone (Michael Gambon). The catch is it may open old wounds for Reginald, who is sent into a state of near shock when his ex-wife Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) has not only come to live at the home, but may be the remaining key for said performance to be a big enough hit. As a result of a long ago bitter divorce, there is the expected feud that follows, but also plenty of healing and strengthening of character and a ton of dirty old man humor for good measure by Wilfred.
It’s sadly a flick that seems to have been buried in last year’s glut of immensely enjoyable selections and perhaps even another that might have carried some weight at awards shows in meagerly populated year. In any case, it was a joy to pick up for rental and even a recommendation to own for those who also find as much pleasure in this type of thing.
About the only thing lacking would have been actually seeing the lead opera singers do some actual singing, but alas we just have to pretend these guys are as good as advertised. In any case, the acting is superb with a strong enough script and content suited best for later teenage years or adults. In the end, it’s worth a final verdict of four out five measures for “Quartet.”
DVD rental courtesy of Family Video of Pauls Valley.