Title: Quartet Director: Dustin Hoffman Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 38m
I’m not sure this would have been our usual choice, but having watched and enjoyed the Exotic Marigold Hotel, so we were willing to give this one a go. Plus, interested to see Billy Connelly and what he could do!
4:51 - I like this quite jaunty opening. Brilliant song to get through the credits. 6:23 - Ooh, Sheridan Smith. I forgot she was in this. 8:06 - So many faces in this! 9:20 - “You’ve got to try this jam, it’s unbelievable. It’s like eating Christmas.” 12:15 - I like retired musicians trading insults. 15:27 - Although it must be an exhausting place to live - noise everywhere you go. 24:36 - The trouble with this film is, it’s hard to know if the music is background music or if it is actually coming from somewhere within the film. 30:41 - Opera wasn’t always posh? 32:48 - 12 curtain calls is a ridiculous amount. 35:05 - I’d love to have a piano in every room I walked into. 42:40 - The opposite of forgive and forget… grin and bear it. 46:18 - “I was only married twice! After you.” 55:45 - It’s a lovely house they are in. Beautiful surroundings too. Wonder where it is. 56:53 - A curtain call competition. 1:07:16 - Does Sheridan run this place all by herself? 1:12:29 - I love that she’s so attached to that portable CD player, but she could do with an MP3 player instead. 1:14:06 - Love their rendition of Happy Birthday. No effort spared. 1:27:20 - They have white bow ties on, I’m not sure I’ve seen a white one before.
I don’t have an enormous amount to say about this one. It was good, not great but a reasonable way to pass the time. It wasn’t as good as the Marigold Hotel, but still had some interesting characters and a couple of chuckles along the way. I think the finer points were lost on us, classical music not really our thing, but it was still fun. Plus bonus Sheridan Smith!