NEW YORK, NY – MAY 24: Ewan McGregor attends the New York screening of “Beginners” at Tribeca Grand Screening Room on May 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
3. Beginners (2010)
Beginners is a film about finding yourself and getting the most out of life. Oliver’s (played by McGregor) father comes out as a gay to him after Oliver’s mother passes. The father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), pursues a life going of happiness and living it without regrets.
Oliver is inspired by this and his father finding romance and possibly love. He pursues a relationship, finding his own confidence and inspiration and begins a romance with a new woman.
The relationships between father and son is the biggest part of the story. While romances happen and other are on the peripheral, the father and son relationship is at the heart of the film.
Plummer and McGregor were praised for their work in Beginners. For McGregor, you had to imagine all the different emotions he had to convey in the movie. Dealing with loss, surprises, new found love and so much more.
Beyond their performances, the movie was also highly touted and received an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some of McGregor’s best work has come in movies that weren’t big blockbusters — which we know him for around here — but his range of films just shows what a fantastic actor McGregor is.
Now, if only we could that Obi-Wan Kenobi stand alone.