75-year-old actor Dustin Hoffman's (Kramer vs. Kramer) directing debut, Quartet, brings to mind a better, even more star-studded musical version of Marigold Hotel.
At Beecham House, a retirement house for musicians, its residents are getting excited about a newcomer who is rumoured to be a rockstar. Imagine their shock when they discover it to be Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), an ex of one of the home's residents, Reginald (Tom Courtenay). The title Quartet comes from Jean, Reginald, Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Cissy (Pauline Collins) once upon a time performance of Verdi's Rigoletto. As expected, tensions rise, old feelings are discovered and the challenge of saving Beecham House from bankruptcy is staked to reunite them all.
With veterans Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly, it would be hard to imagine a less stellar performance. It is also interesting that they play characters familiar to what they have grown famous with.
The plot is nothing out of the ordinary but a solid cast who adds their own take and flavour to the film. Quartet is a lighthearted comedy about life in the slow lane that is perfect for those looking for a whimsical film full of actors they loved since young.