This film promised a lot and delivered with an all-star cast. Just like a classic novel every moment was savored. The story told cannot be said to be truly melodious throughout, with periods of anguish, animosity and things from the past being stirred once again from the lives of the characters.
It was a film full of sophistication and class throughout, and Dustin Hoffman, as director, did a sterling job in this creation. To my surprise, as commented by my learned friend Matt, Mr Hoffman did not feature in his own film, which I would have thought he might have wished to do. With the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, (as Jean Horton), Tom Courtenay (as Reginald Paget), Billy Connolly (as Wilf Bond) and Pauline Collins (as Cissy Robson), it was always going to be the case that the film would be epic.
The Quartet is a relaxing and peaceful film, and therefore it will not appeal to everyone. I would compare it to Marmite; you’ll either love it or hate it! If you are looking for an action packed, jaw dripping, eye engrossing film, this isn’t the one for you. If you want to retreat to a more sedate, tranquil place and unwind, then you’ll love it. This is a film you can either watch in the cinema, or wait for its release on Blu-ray and DVD. Unlike the ‘Life of Pi’, I would not say that it is absolutely mandatory to watch on the big screen.
Overall a beautiful film, and as it will not appeal to everyone, I’d give it a solid score of 7/10.