A LATE QUARTET
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
MAY 12, 2013
“A Late Quartet” is as essential as dramas get these days. The film centers around a quartet with a questionable future. Each character faces a different obstacle to overcome. The heft of the film falls on the shoulders of its veteran cast, which raises it above dry drama. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken are at their best, effortlessly playing the most exciting characters.
With little connection to Mark Ivanir, he can pique my interest and produce a respectable performance as the least known of the group. Imogen Poots shines in her role, bringing a perfect blend of innocence and maturity to her role. An easily disposable character becomes relevant because of the heart put into her. Even though the film stays at a constant lull, “A Late Quartet” becomes slightly more than just another drama with these giant stars.
November 2, 2012
(for language and some sexuality)
Philip Seymour Hoffman