Friday, 26 September 2014

Movie review - Begin Again (2013)

Begin Again (2013) / music, drama, comedy

Directed and Written by John Carney
Produced by Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust and Judd Apatow
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener, CeeLo Green, Mos Def
Trailer: click.

Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo) is a struggling record label executive living in New York City. One night, while drinking at a bar in the East Village, he encounters Gretta (Keira Knightley), a young, independent songwriter whose music captivates him. Certain that he can make her into a star, Dan offers to sign her to his company's label. Gretta is determined not to compromise her principles as an artist for the sake of fame so they need to find a compromise.

Similar to Once (2006), this is a film focusing on music. I love the story and how people create music to express emotions, line between art and fame, chasing dreams, etc. Songs, writing and performances are all great! Movie has that natural feeling, it's sincere, authentic, realistic and relatable. Songs are pleasant and I bet Keira will amaze you with her voice! She's a capable singer. And Adam did a really good job making his feature film debut. I also like that the film avoids clich├ęs and predictability to a certain extent. It's so refreshing to see a movie like this. My only remark would be that the movie loses pace and slows down after a while but other than that, I was pleasantly surprised! Great must see inspiring musical drama! 4/5

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