It’s time for another movie blogathon!
When it comes to character actors, there are ordinary character actors…and then there’s Christopher Plummer. This amazing, versatile Canadian, one of the greatest screen (and stage) thespians that our mild-mannered neighbor to the north has ever produced, has been entertaining us for almost 60 years now, and from his formidable talents, smooth but commanding voice and his effortless ability to slip into any role, he’s created some of the most enduring and memorable characters on the screen. From the musical Austrian father in The Sound of Music in 1965–his best-known role, or at least his best-known early role–to the whiskered, philosophical Leo Tolstoy in 2010’s The Last Station, and his turn in the next year’s Beginners which finally won him, at 82, his first Academy Award, Christopher Plummer has brought some amazing characters to life and carried too many films to count. He’s the perfect choice for a blogathon, and given as much fun as my Wes Anderson and Sidney Lumet blogathons were last year, I know the film bloggers who read my stuff will be eager to jump in on this one!
Plummer, now 87, has had an amazing life as well as a storied career. Born in Toronto in 1929, he was classically trained and made his Broadway debut in 1953, after having been inspired to go into acting by Laurence Olivier’s film of Henry V in 1944. Since then, few of the prestigious stages of Broadway or the West End have never seen a Christopher Plummer performance, whether as Henry V in 1956 or as Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind in 2007 or a host of characters in between. He made his film debut in 1958, in a Sidney Lumet picture, no less (Stage Struck) and since then has rarely been offscreen either. Plummer is so versatile he can be John Barrymore, a Klingon in Star Trek, Emperor of the Galaxy in the ludicrously awful Starcrash–recently lampooned on the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot–or a tough police detective in Dolores Claiborne, a virologist in 12 Monkeys and a sleazy bank robber in the highly underrated thriller The Silent Partner.
So, movie bloggers, it’s time to start perusing Plummer’s amazing career and picking out the standouts that you like–and that you want us to read your take on. From June 4 through 10, 2017, post on your own blog an article about a Plummer film/performance. Use the banners at the bottom of this article on your own social media to promote the event. I will reblog at least some (though, depending on how many there are, possibly not all) of the blog entries here on SeanMunger.com. The best articles will be analyses of the films and how Plummer enhances them, as opposed to simply reviews of his movies.
Selecting a movie to blog about: There’s no way I can list all of Plummer’s films here; he’s worked to much it’s simply too long, but that’s your opportunity. Go to this Wikipedia article for a full list of his credits. Post in the comments to this article the film you want to do and I’ll reserve it for you. I would like to do, on my own blog, analyses of my two favorite Plummer films, Dolores Claiborne (1995) and The Last Station (2010). But if you’d like to to do one of those, I’ll be willing to reserve an additional spot (one each, first come first served) for those movies.
So let’s watch some movies, have some fun with our blogs and pay tribute to Chris Plummer and his amazing career. I look forward to reading your blogs in June!
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Murder by Decree (1979)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Last Station (2010)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)