The Christopher Plummer Movie Blogathon continues rolling along! Today is now Day 4 of the blogfest, and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, as my film blogger friends have been very busy! Last night I posted my own analysis of one of my favorite Christopher Plummer films, Dolores Claiborne. But here’s what the rest of the gang has been up to.
First, Charlene, on her (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews blog, takes on A Beautiful Mind, the Ron Howard film about mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe) which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2001. Charlene integrates the film with the development of psychiatry and care for mental health, which is an interesting angle. Here’s an excerpt:
Psychiatry is a relatively new discipline in medicine which has evolved quite rapidly. The mainstay of therapy less than a century ago was institutionalization. This method can undoubtedly isolate individuals, creating a deeper microcosm. Care evolved to include various surgeries and treatments that are recognized today as ineffective and some inhumane. While not perfect by any stretch, mental health care is now ideally multidisciplinary. Medications, counselling methods, and assertive community treatment (ACT) teams are among the resources used to help ensure optimal functioning in the daily lives of those living with mental illness. Integral to that piece is a caring, patient, and resilient psychiatrist, complementing holistic care and involving patients and families in decision-making. While set in the 1950s at the dawn of antipsychotic medications, Dr. Rosen (Christopher Plummer) exemplifies these essential qualities in A Beautiful Mind (2001) directed by Ron Howard.
Meanwhile, MovieRob has been going berserk, doing not just one but two reviews in the past two days. The first is of the 2016 historical drama The Exception, which I very much want to see. Here’s a bit from his review:
My Take on it – I have always enjoyed historical fiction dramas and ones that revolve around the events in Europe during World War II have always fascinated me.
This film is probably not that close to what really happened at the estate of former Kaiser Wilhelm II in Belgium, but it still is quite an entertaining story nevertheless mainly because it shows us good people in bad situations that strive to come out of it all as clean as possible.
The cast is superb and they do a wonderful job keeping things feeling real yet extremely tense because you never really know what will happen.
Christopher Plummer stands out among them all as the former Kaiser and as always, he yet again gives an amazing performance to add to his already long list of them on his resume.
Rob also did a review of one of Plummer’s most beloved roles, Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree. Excerpt:
My Take on it – I have always enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories because they are usually told in such a way that we are slowly given the clues and get the super smart detective explain it all to us in a simple and understandable way.
The plot of this film is unique when looking at Holmes’ adventures because it tries to give us all some kind of answer to an unsolved mystery that still hasn’t been explained in one hundred plus years; the true identity and purpose of Jack the Ripper.
Christopher Plummer and James Mason are both superb as Holmes and his sidekick Watson as they work through numerous classes of society trying to uncover the truth about this mystery.
The pacing of the story is great and things stay interesting the entire time.
And then, finally, there’s Starcrash. I was really hoping someone would choose this astonishingly bad film, and Gill of the Reelweegiemidget blog rose to the challenge. This film just has to be seen to be believed. Here’s the trailer, and an excerpt from Gill’s article:
Looking at the DVD box it seemed harmless enough with three of the cast enticing me. Caroline Munro was last seen and enjoyed in the fun Dracula A.D. (1972) an almost tongue in cheek film on the Prince of Darkness. There was also the Hoff, aka David Hasselhoff aka Knight Rider (1982-86) , The Asylum’s Sharknado (1997-) favourite and 1980s – and beyond – heart-throb and singer. And of course the lovely Christopher Plummer. I’ve developed a wee bit of a crush on him after reviewing more than a few of his films and it all started with a rewatch of his greatest role in The Sound of Music (1965). Back to the DVD box where the other acting names escaped me. Although one of the uncredited cast members faces continues to haunt me…
Wonderful blogs the past few days! Thank you to everyone who’s participated thus far. This is already the most successful blogathon I’ve ever done, and there are still three more days to come.