Pinhole Movie Reviews

A Late Quartet by tincolor

Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir and Catherine Keener are the members of this titular quartet. Together, they face an existential crisis as their leader, Christopher Walken, unexpectedly announces he has Parkinson’s and is retiring. There’s a line in the film which is also prominently featured in the trailer. It’s spoken by Christopher Walken and it describes how a particularly long piece of music that the quartet has chosen to play lacks any breaks, any moments for the musicians to stop and retune their instruments, and so each musician must constantly listen to the other three, perceive to what degree everyone’s instrument is going out of tune and adjust their own playing in order to keep the performance from falling apart all together. Talk about spoilers! That’s basically the entire movie in a nutshell. Enjoyable, but perhaps a little too straightforward. Watchable.


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