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Review – QUARTET

QUARTET (12A) (1hr 50mins)

Reviewed by Dan Spracklen

Rating: 4 out of 5200px4_starssvg11_thumb.png

Quartet_170113160619280If you’re looking for a laugh-a-minute, slide-splitting comedy, look elsewhere. Quartet is a heartfelt tale of getting older, and shows us how it shouldn’t make a difference in what you are able to do, and who you are. Not side-splitting, but definitely got me chuckling a few times – in particular some of the language one character uses in a comedic over-reaction to something.

Starring great acting talents, including Maggie Smith – who also starred in the 1981 version of Quartet, aswell as in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), Sister Act (1992) and the Harry Potter movies , Michael Gambon (a.k.a Dumbledore!), Billy Connelly (voice actor in Brave (2012) and will be in the next two Hobbit movies),  Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass, 2007) (and Pauline Collins (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)), and directed by Dustin Hoffman (Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007), Meet The Fockers (2004), and the Kung Fu Panda movies). The majority of the rest of the cast was made up of people from musical backgrounds, aswell as other big names such as Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers, and also starred in Coronation Street.

Quartet has been nominated for several oscars, including best director, for Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. The film runs at a good pace, which was a pleasant surprise as sometimes films like this can be fairly slow paced. Beechams House is a retirement home full of musical geniuses that once were quite famous, and together every day they go about singing together and making music and being merry – even though the nurses seem to think Apricot Jam is the same as Marmalade…  But when new arrival Jean Horton takes to the scene, thinks are shaken a little, as her ex-husband, who used to sing in the same Quartet as her, is also living there. This brings us into a little side-story of their love and how it all once was. 40-quartet

You can’t help but imagine their characters as the young versions in their heyday, but at the same time recognise that they are still the same people, just older.

A fantastic film that is well worth the watch, for old and young alike. Showing at the Plaza daily at 5.15pm in downstairs Screen 3 from Fri 1st – Thurs 7th Feb with an extra show Wed 6th Feb at 2.50pm… Book now HERE for your chance to see this cinematic gem before it’s too late!!


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