Review: A LATE QUARTET

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

I am a fan of all the main actors in this film and once I saw the trailer I wanted to know more because I was intrigued.  Members of a world-renowned string quartet; Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), Robert Gelbart (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Juliette Gelbart (Catherine Keener) and Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir) struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and lust. 

Peter (Walken) has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Robert & Juliette are having marital problems and just to add to the drama, Daniel has fallen in love with Robert & Juliette’s daughter, Alexandra.  Wow, there is a large amount of drama packed into this film and I enjoyed watching their stories unfold on the screen bit I did think it was a bit too long.  One of my movie going colleagues stated that he thought the main actors were too pompous because he thought they were trying to be better than everyone else.  I disagree, they just happen to be artist who do something different than most of us for a living.  

I wouldn’t say that any one actor stood out from another because all of the performances were well done which is testament not only to the actors but to the writing as well.  I was impressed in how director, Yaron Zilberman, cut the scenes of the main actors playing in the quartet because none of them can actually play their instruments.  I played clarinet in high school and into college and I know when someone is faking.  However, the manner in which the film is shot and cut does provide some illusion to that fact which was a good thing. 

With all that said, there is absolutely no reason in my opinion to see this film on the big screen.  I would wait for the DVD or better yet, Red Box.

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