Quartet is the first movie legendary actor Dustin Hoffman has ever directed. As such, it will no doubt be SHIT.
Oh. Maybe not. It’s actually about a group of opera singers who live in a quaint old folk’s home for opera singers who find another chance at being great. They’re called back up to the big show. It’s sorta like Space Cowboys, but with Opera.
The group of singers have something of a past with one another, with some replacing others and a fair bit of backstabbing to get to the top (ain’t that always how it goes?) so they’re not all friends. Some were married once upon a time, and they have to find a way to be okay with their successful pasts and enjoy today.
It’s not going to work out.
Dustin Hoffman is the director, and I won’t bother telling you of his classic films. Except for Meet the Fockers. That’s the best one.
Ronald Harwood wrote the screenplay, as well as the play the film is based upon. Goodee.
Movie Release Date
December 28, 2012.
Who’s In It?
Michael Gambon … Cedric
Maggie Smith … Jean
Billy Connolly … Wilf
Pauline Collins … Cissy
Sheridan Smith … Dr. Lucy Cogan
Tom Courtenay … Reginald
Andrew Sachs … Bobby Swanson
Luke Newberry … Simon
Eline Powell … Angelique
Jumayn Hunter … Joey
Dame Gwyneth Jones¹ … Ann Langley
Denis Khoroshko … Driver Tadek
Michael Volpe … Sceneshifter
David Christian … Resident
Patricia Loveland … Letitia
Colin Bradbury … Olly Fisher
Kent Olesen … Lars
What’s Good About It?
Quartet has a frickin’ amazing cast of old folks, and Dustin Hoffman is a legend. If he’s half as good a director as an actor, this film will be decent.
Cause he’d only be half as good as a director. If he’s equally good the film will be badass as shit.
What’s Bad About It?
I don’t like opera singing very much.
Our Clever Prediction
I highly doubt Quartet will make a ton of money, but it’s not that type of film, and it’s release right at the end of the year means the filmmakers are looking for awards, which it might get. There are some true Hollywood legends here, and the Award folks might be looking to honor them, and this could be their last chance. Cause these people might die.
Also, it has Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith, aka Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter! It’s like a reunion!
Actually, it is a reunion. Just watch the film and think that it’s really their Harry Potter characters undercover. That makes this so much more interesting…