Walken’s L-cut dialogue in the A Late Quartet trailer that effectively narrates the themes of the film may be a bit on the nose, but I’m still left very eager to see this film. A story of four people struggling with very grounded, human issues while simultaneously dealing with some of the greatest music ever composed by a man looks exceptionally compelling, and loaded with such a stellar cast the film becomes unmissable.

I’m especially pleased to see a dramatic performance from Walken- while obvious I’m well aware of his talents, for most of my life he’s been the “Cowbell guy” or the “Watch guy” or the “Hotel dancing guy” and his self-aware, memetic cache has overshadowed his legit dramatic chops. I’m happy to see him tearing into something meaty.

Poor Mark Ivanir though- despite being a quarter of the eponymous quartet, he barely warrants an afterthought after all those “Academy Award” titles of the rest of the cast.

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life-changing diagnosis, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven’s Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A LATE QUARTET pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.

Check out the trailer in HD at Apple Trailers