Summary: "A Late Quartet" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ... The Good: Great cast that does not disappoint. Very powerful performances that make you forget that these are actors and causes you to start thinking that these are real people. Surprised that there was not more Oscar buzz for the cast, to be honest. I didn't have any interest in most f the subject matter, yet the film was able to keep my interest due to the depth of the characters.
Excerpt: I found this a sad story even if there were some uplifting aspects. The deceit and treachery amongst the quartet members may have added to the tension but I did not find all of it very believable, how could they be together so long and almost within a few weeks everything blow up? Their communication was seriously lacking! Getting actors to appear to play is always difficult as any trained string player can see that it is fake immediately.
Summary: What a wonderful surprise. The performances in this film are so good it beggars belief that no member of the cast garnered any recognition, anywhere. Indeed the film has somehow gone right under the radar. It may be Christopher Walken's best performance in an age; it's so refreshing to see him break at last from lunatic typecasting and bring to life a sensitive musician blanketed in grief and confronting darkness. Hoffman is amazing, along with the whole cast.
Summary: A rare film, an ensemble cast (nearly every performance stood out in sharp relief) brings the life of a quartet fading into age, ill health, and the convoluted relationships that are the fabric, ruin, and making of people and the intense musical conversations that evolve over decades of making music together. There were standout performances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener.
Summary: One of the best of the year, with possible Oscar nods for Walken Hoffman, Keener and Poots. The story was varied and fascinating and it nicely gave time to each character's struggle. Exciting shots of NYC, great music, and nice work by the cast to make us believe they were really playing.
Summary: This is a terrific film. It is well-written and directed by one of the screenwriters (Zilberman). The acting is superb, especially by Seymour and Walken. It is a story of relationships, starting with individual needs and desires and strengths and weaknesses, but all held together when they are one in a string quartet. It demonstrates the individuality of four people who are then welded together to produce a great unit producing lovely music.
Summary: Oder: Wenn die Musi nicht mehr spielt "Das mit dem Playback funktioniert ja schon richtig gut." Seit 25 Jahren spielt das weltberühmte Fugue String Quartet bereits zusammen und hat in dieser Zeit schon über 3000 Auftritte absolviert. Passend zum Jubiläum wollen die Vier Beethovens Streichquartett Nr. 14 cis-moll op.131 aufführen, eine äusserst schwieriges und schnelles Stück.