Quartet – Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on… and it does. Written by Headline Pictures Ltd.

Quartet Blazing Minds Film Review

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After the popularity of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel last year it was inevitable that more films with our “older” stars would be hitting the big screens, with another on its way soon, “Song for Marion” it looks like we could be getting a spate of the Wrinkle-Rom-Coms throughout 2013.

But is this a bad thing, in an age of CGI, explosions, car chases and not stop heart pounding action movies?

I was quite surprised I enjoyed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and I enjoyed Quartet as well, it certainly sets you with a feeling of ease when you can believe that there is live at old-age and just before you go in to your second childhood.

With a great collection of actors such as Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins, Andrew Sachs and wait for it, yes, Billy Connolly. Quartet is a film with charm and comedy, the story of a home for retired opera singers is quaint.

The comedy side comes from the moments that we will all have to face and is done with good taste, such as Cissy (Pauline Collins) and her loss of memory as Alzheimer’s creeps up on her, Wilf (Billy Connolly) and is rather sexual comments and  flirting with the young woman staff members of the home.

But lets not forget the story that runs through the film of the relationship between Reginald (Tom Courtenay) and Jean (Maggie Smith) who had been married many years before and their life in Beecham’s Home. As the film unfolds, you learn why Reginald is so bitter towards Jean.

Let’s not forget the soundtrack to the film, which shines, with its use of classical music and opera and actually stars of the music world appearing in the home and producing some wonderful tracks to go with the film. All done with such style.

Now Quartet is for those older movie going audiences, probably around 60 plus, but, the film is a joy to watch, yes Wilf (Billy Connolly) can be a little annoying, there are those few F-Words thrown in, but it’s still a surprisingly enjoyable film, that only run for 1h 37m and does end quite abruptly.

But it’s a nice change to see a film that is so down to earth with no CGI, special effects etc. Dustin Hoffman has done a fantastic job directing Quartet and brings out a feeling of passion for the film that he was also executive producer.

Overall Thoughts For Quartet

If you liked The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel then this is certainly going to be a film for you, not really for the teenagers but great for those of us that enjoy a good drama and appreciate the actors in the film.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham