Monday, August 31, 2015

A fan letter to Christopher Plummer

Dear Mr. Plummer: Who was it that said at twilight, colors are at their most intense? It's an apt description of your screen career in the past four years. From your acidulous voicework in "Up" and "My Dog Tulip," to your mellow performances as the Faustian father in "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," as Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station" and as the septuagenarian who throws his own coming-out party in "Beginners," I can't think of another actor whose work is so electric. I think I've forgiven you for that crack that "working with Julie Andrews is like being hit over the head with a Hallmark card."

A fan letter to Christopher Plummer

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Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in "Beginners," opening Friday in Philadelphia.
Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in "Beginners," opening Friday in Philadelphia.

Dear Mr. Plummer:

Who was it that said at twilight, colors are at their most intense? It's an apt description of your screen career in the past four years.

From your crusty voicework in Up and My Dog Tulip, to your buoyant performances as the Faustian father in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station and as the septuagenarian dad who throws his own coming-out party in Beginners, I can't think of another actor whose performances are so vibrant, so vital.

 (I forgive you for that crack that "Working with Julie Andrews is like being hit over the head with a Hallmark card.")

On you, age is a most glamorous destination.

Many thanks for saving the best for last.

My favorite among your screen performances: your Mike Wallace in The Insider and your Tolstoy in The Last Station. Yours?

Film Critic
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