Welcome to another edition of Gay Movie Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend, by the way. We’ve been writing about fun ways to get out in the heat and have some hot and steamy dates while also keeping refreshed and cool in the blistering hot weather. There are a lot of hot ways to cool down and still have some amazing dates with hot men that you meet off of ManPlay.
But back to the movies! Today we bring you a recent film of gay interest from last year, Beginners, directed by Mike Mills. This may be a film that a lot of you have already seen, but it holds up extremely well in subsequent viewings for it paints such a layered depiction of human relationships and the complications that inevitably exist. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely get on it! It’s readily available on home video and makes for a great night in. Starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent, I wish I could say that the gorgeous McGregor is the gay character in the film, but, alas, that isn’t that case. Instead, the film surrounds two storylines, both about love and longing at different ages. Christopher Plummer plays Hal, the father to McGregor’s Oliver, who has recently come out of the closet after his wife’s death. As he explores a different part of his sexuality, Oliver gets to know his father in a new and profound way, which becomes more intense after Hal is diagnosed with cancer.
The second main plot that the film revolves around is Hal’s new relationship with Laurent’s Anna, a French actress. She has her own set of issues with her family and the two of them set out to forge a new relationship for themselves while also coming to terms with their emotions surrounding their families.
As you can likely predict from the description above, you shouldn’t expect any massive explosions or car chase scenes. Rather this is a tender film about two men at very different stages in their lives who happen to be father and son. One of the most notable things about the film is the (some may say) career-defining role from Plummer. It’s no surprise that he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the most recent ceremony. Roger Ebert said in his original review of the film “If we must extract a meaning from ‘Beginners’, it may be that it is never too late to make a fresh start, and the father sets an example for his son. Chistopher Plummer, an actor filled with presence and grace, brings a dignified joy to his new gay lifestyle. He delights in the gay pride rainbow, dances in clubs, throws parties…” The accolades were so big for Plummer that it can be mistaken that the film is just a showcase role for him, when it’s really a remarkable film that anyone from any sexual orientation should find something to enjoy in it.
What do you think of this movie, men of ManPlay? Is it one that you rushed out to see or something you aren’t even aware of in any big way? Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and if you think it’s a good choice for Gay Movie Monday. Write and let me know your thoughts on this and any of our previous films. Of course write with any tips you have for future choices as well!