Donnerstag, 4. September 2014

BEGIN AGAIN - Movie Review

 Title: Begin Again
Running Time: 104 min
Director: John Carney
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, James Corden, Mos Def, Cee-Lo Green

After the independent film "Once", which he filmed with his former 'The Frames' band colleague Glenn Hansard, and which won an Acadamy Award as well as a Grammy for its songs, irish director John Carney makes his mainstream debut. Sticking with the topic of music, he is now joined by Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, as well as Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine with his first acting gig.
"Begin Again" starts off introducing our first protagonist Dan Mulligan and tries a bit too hard to show us that this obvious loser is obviously a loser, giving us every cliché including laziness, unpunctuality, alcoholism, being broke, being divorced, being unemployed and forgetting an important detail about his daughter so you see what a bad dad he is. However, Mark Rufallo is such a charismatic guy, that you kind of roll with it and have your fun. Then we get to know Keira Knightley's Gretta and her life with a boyfriend turned famous. This relationship eventually ends, but with less drama than you would expect.
In general, the movie is missing that big climacting break down, where everything goes wrong and which the characters have to recover from. But this is what is somehow charming about the movie. Except for the beginning mentioned above, the plot development feels very real, with some ups and downs, but no typical hollywood disaster. Among other things this might be due to the fact that a lot of scenes were improvised, which is pretty rare for movies outside of the comedy genre.
The songs, obviously playing a big part in this film, are mostly played in full length, but are embedded nicely into the film's story in different ways. They are very good listening and Keira Knightley's soft voice worked surprisingly well with them. So while not being the most thrilling thing in theaters right now, it is nice litte film to watch. A feel good movie about the love for and through music, with some cute ways to portray it.  

For Fans Of:
Once (2006)

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