Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: Beginners

Beginners is another confused little love story filled with male anxiety, partial adolescence, emotional hang-ups, whimsy, and quirk.  It has its own sort of manic pixie dream girl in the form of Melanie Laurent.  It has typical indie-film melodrama packaged with aging relatives and cancer cells.  There's a Jack Russell terrier that plays a critical character role.  Yes, it's rather twee.  If you add up the elements, it should be too twee to function outside of the dorm rooms of girls wearing floral print summer dresses in the dead of winter.  Thankfully, though, it is not (500) Days of Summer.  The characters, the organizational structure, and the simple guilelessness of what would otherwise be entitled melancholia see to that...

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