I haven’t seen Ewan McGregor in much, so in consideration of his wasted efforts in the Star Wars trifecta, and after watching the abysmal Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, I was wondering if he was going to carry off a good performance in something other than Trainspotting. In Beginners (2010), he is perfectly capable, but I’m still waiting for him to do something great again.
Beginners strikes an interesting tone, certainly not comedic, but there is a smidgen of lightness. There’s also sentimentality and gimmicks the likes of which have tripped up many a lesser movie, but not this one. This film works — but just barely. A marginal recommendation: watch the preview — if you think this movie would appeal to you, go for it, but you won’t be knocking yourself if you miss it. 6/10