A Late Quartet (2012)

Christopher Walken plays Peter Mitchell, who has recently been diagnosed with a medical condition that will end his tenure as the Fugue String Quartet’s cellist and leader for the past twenty-five years. The ensuing story is one that sees Peter as a paternalistic figure struggling with emotions about his own life as well as the quartet’s. Robert Gelbart (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the second violin, much to his chagrin but he stays the course for the sake of the group. His wife, Juliette (Catherine Keener) is the viola player. Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir) is the first violin and most conceited of the quartet, who has an affair with Alexandra (Imogen Poots) who just happens to be Robert & Juliette’s daughter.

From the beginning of the movie, competing egos, undisciplined passions, up/down emotions and friendships are tested from the opening scene to the last fade out. I won’t give away all the specifics. I chose this movie because I am a Christopher Walken fan but not one of Hoffman’s. Not only was I surprised with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance I was knocked over by Walken’s, as I did not expect to see this side of him. You’ll have to see this for your own benefit. Oh, and don’t forget to add butter to the popcorn. And go ahead – get some Goober’s, Sno-Caps, Milk Duds, Junior Mints, Jucy Fruits, Dots, Jujubes and the Raisinets. Oh, what the heck, get the Good & Plenty too. Go all out…