I’ve seen a couple of music movies lately. No, not musicals, but movies where music is the theme. In many different forms too. Here are the three movies I watched.
A Late Quartet
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots, Wallace Shawn
Description: Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.
Opinion: A fantastic drama featuring some of the greatest actors of Hollywood. Surprisingly good movie!
Favorite character: Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken)
Most memorable quote: “You treat him like a doormat and he's going to start to wonder what's outside the door”. – Alexandra Gelbart -
Best scene: The last concert that the famous quartet plays together.
Genre: Drama/ Comedy
Director: John Carney
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Catherine Keener, James Corden, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, CeeLo Green
Description: A chance encounter between disgraced music-business executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo) and young singer-songwriter Greta (Keira Knightley) turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.
Opinion: A great feel-good movie for music lovers, a film that puts a smile on everyone’s face.
Favorite character: Dan (Mark Ruffalo)
Most memorable quote: “You know, I wasn't trying to win you over. I was telling you to fuck off.” – Greta -
Best scene: Dan and Greta walk the streets of New York and share headphones to listen to music together.
Genre: Comedy/ Romance
Director: Jason Moore
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Camp
Description: Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
Opinion: If you like the TV-show “Glee”, you’re gonna love this one. If you don’t, skip it.
Favorite character: Beca
Most memorable quote: “You guys are gonna get pitch-slapped so hard, your man boobs are gonna concave.” – Fat Amy -
Best scene: The moment where Beca starts singing “Don’t you (forget about me)” by the Simple Minds.
Favorite of the 3: “Begin Again”