I didn’t know anything about Beginners when I watched the preview. When Ewan McGregor started talking to his dog, my interest was piqued. When Christopher Plummer appeared as McGregor’s father, with the twin revelations that he was dying of cancer and was (surprise!) gay, I was legitimately intrigued. And that’s about when Mélanie Laurent — who played the vengeful Shoshanna in Inglourious Basterds — showed up as McGregor’s love interest. Decide for yourself whether Beginners looks charming or twee, but you have to admit: It looks unusual.
A cute dog, a foreign love interest, and an emotionally distant father-son relationship — that’s a male weepie hat trick! How’s it look to you?