So, the Christopher Plummer Movie Blogathon, which I announced on May 1, officially began today! I haven’t yet completed my own articles (I’m going to be doing Dolores Claiborne and The Last Station), but two great movie bloggers have already stepped up to the plate to analyze and celebrate the work of Canadian-born character actor Christopher Plummer, one of the finest thespians ever to grace our screens for the past 60 years.
First, the Thoughts All Sorts blog starts where a lot of people’s memories of Christopher Plummer begin: with his role as Captain von Trapp, the musical widower, in the 1965 family blockbuster The Sound of Music. Especially looking back on this film as adults, we may dismiss the picture, and Plummer’s performance, as saccharine claptrap. But there’s more to it than that, as this article shows:
Only on watching this recently and naturally much, much older, did I take note of the entire story a bit more, including Captain Von Trapp. With a more “holistic” or maybe, mature, approach I realised what a wonderful actor Mr Plummer is. But, I was also more aware of the character of the Captain. His motives and the situation he finds himself all give him depth that as a child you don’t notice. Naturally so, because as a child we watch movies on a different “level”, noting only the obvious, if that makes any sense. I found myself warming up to Christopher Plummer. He portrays the Captain so well and with just enough emotion, or lack thereof, required for me to start sympathising with him. I’m a sucker for romance and for the first time found myself enjoying the relationship between Maria and the Captain develop. As a child I’d always wondered what Maria could possibly ever see in him. Most beautiful is watching them dance together at the party where he steps in for young Kurt who is not quite managing. But just lovely to watch is the stern patriarch showing little nuances of a smile here and there.
What I didn’t know until writing this post is that Christopher Plummer apparently despised this movie and made it known publicly. According to IMDB, he only eased up on this opinion in his 2008 autobiography. What I also learnt is that he is/was the only member of the cast to have met the real Maria von Trapp.
Secondly, the ever-dependable and prolific viewer MovieRob analyzes one of the more memorable pictures Plummer has graced with his presence, the John Huston-directed adventure epic The Man Who Would Be King (1975).
It’s impossible to separate Plummer from the other heavyweights in the cast, namely Sean Connery and Michael Caine as two 19th century British adventurers who seek fame, riches and power in the distant wilds of central Asia. Rob’s take:
“Now listen to me you benighted muckers. We’re going to teach you soldiering. The world’s noblest profession. When we’re done with you, you’ll be able to slaughter your enemies like civilized men.” – Daniel
Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jun 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Two former British soldiers head off on a journey to a long lost part of India to try and make themselves kings of this uncharted land.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve wanted to see for quite a while and the fact that it fits in with Sean’s blogathon gave me the perfect opportunity to finally do so.
I have always enjoyed films with Sean Connery and Michael Caine and they both are great here as the two main characters who are trying to find a way to attain riches , and power however they can.
In addition, Christopher Plummer does a great job here as the narrator and author Rudyard Kipling who tells us this tale that he was told firsthand.
Thanks, everyone, for participating! I look forward to the coming entries in this blogathon.