Today is the second day of my Christopher Plummer Movie Blogathon, celebrating the work and films of the wonderful Canadian character actor who’s given us so many roles over the past 60 years, from Sherlock Holmes and Leo Tolstoy to a musical Austrian navy captain and Captain Kirk’s nemesis in a Star Trek film. Here’s what’s been happening on the various participating blogs.
First, MovieRob, who did The Man Who Would Be King yesterday, takes on one of my favorite Plummer films and one of his truly great performances–that of a bank robber in the criminally obscure 1978 thriller The Silent Partner. I’m very glad someone stepped up to do this film! Here is Rob’s analysis:
“I’m just going to give you a little time… to try to be reasonable. If you decide you’re not going to be reasonable, then one night when you come home, you’ll find me *inside*, waiting for you. And that will be the night you’ll wish you’d never been born. ” – Harry Reikle
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jun 2017)
Brief Synopsis – After a bank teller foils a robbery, he decides to take the money himself which gets him into trouble with the robber who wants his mobey back.
My Take on it – I had never even heard of this film until recently and was very pleased with everything it has to offer us.
Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer are both excellent as the leads and it was so refreshing to meet two very intelligent characters playing cat and mouse with each other.
You never really know what will happen as they each get deeper and deeper involved in the crime.
Secondly, the Moon in Gemini blog has a wonderful take on Plummer’s voice acting work in the 2009 Pixar animated film Up. Actors use their voices as much as their faces and bodies, and Plummer is no less an ace at this as he is at anything else on stage or screen. Here is part of the analysis:
The character of Muntz is clearly modeled on the movie star adventurers of the 1930s and 1940s, i.e. Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Tyrone Power, etc. He is a “surprise” villain, in the sense that the main characters are initially unaware of his capacity for cruelty and crime.
In fact, I would say that Muntz is the most heinous of the Pixar villains, possibly one of the most heinous of the Disney villains as a whole. Perhaps it seems that way because he’s not a magical figure, but an ordinary man. He’s willing to kill and destroy over an obsession that the rest of the world forgot about long ago.
Who better to voice Muntz than the urbane Christopher Plummer? One could imagine him playing a character just like him in a live action film when he was a young man. Plummer has always been the kind of actor who could easily slip into heroic or villainous roles, and in this film, he voices a character who embodies both.
Full Article: The Christopher Plummer Movie Blogathon: Up (2009)
Great blogs from everyone! Keep them coming.