104 Min | Comedy – Drama – Music | September 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: John Carney
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine
Begin Again Review: “Begin Again” is very similar to “Once,” except Carney has a bigger budget and famous movie stars. It deals with Dan and Greta (Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, respectively) who after being cheated on by their former boyfriend/girlfriend meet up and record some songs together. Ruffalo is great as the down on his luck, charming, but often drunk, music producer Dan. Knightley also has a solid performance. Adam Levine does a good job of being a jerk and James Corden is hilarious as Greta’s busking friend Steve. The films has themes of love, fatherhood, and the way we use music in our lives.
“Begin Again” is for all the music lovers out there who enjoy creating music. The movie is filled with characters whose religion is music. Look at Dan’s car and how he has a music cable hung up on the mirror next to a cross. There’s a great moment when Dan listens to Greta perform for the first time. What is just a voice and guitar slowly grows into something much bigger and beautiful. The soundtrack is more poppy compared to the folk songs in “Once,” but they are nice to listen to. This film is the movie you kind of have to be in the mood for to really enjoy. It can be predictable and sappy at times, but it does it well. If you accept it for what it is, you’ll enjoy it. “Begin Again” is a musical treat this summer that will leave you wanting to listen to more music and maybe even creating some of your own.
However Begin Again is bit far from reality though it covers its faults with a dramatic cloak and its charming performances and music. But to enjoy this movie the absolute reality factor is not something that’s really required. And honestly compared with often seeing cheesy romantic dramas that pops up like mushrooms these days Begin Again is a modern wonder. So, Begin Again is a very down-to-earth film with a positive message and great music. I did really like it and I will say it is totally worth checking out. Because of the music, a great ending, and the themes that work soo well with the song. Even if you don’t watch the film, listen to Lost Stars.