So, in recent times I’ve been feeling a dry spell in terms of great movies- It’s seemed like everything I watched was awful!! So, I’d resided to the fact that films were no longer good, and with little expectations, I decided to check out John Carney’s 2013 musical/comedy drama ‘Begin Again’ AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!
At the time of the film’s UK release in 2014, I decided against watching it in the cinemas, as I didn’t want to waste my time and money on something that seemed so clichéd and flat, however, as I sit at my desk typing this I can’t help but wish I had gone to see it in theatres, as I can only imagine how much more magical this film would’ve been on the big screen.
‘Begin Again’ is genuinely one of the most heartwarming films I’ve ever seen in my life!! The cast was phenomenal, with Mark Ruffalo playing the drunk, washed up music producer Dan Mulligan and Kiera Knightly as the sarcastic, yet lovable unknown talent Gretta James. Ruffalo and Knightley’s on-screen chemistry was palpable and beautiful! Adam Levine, best known as the lead singer of my favourite band (and favourite meme) ‘Maroon 5’ was surprisingly wonderful in the film, he wasn’t just your typical, one-dimensional douche bag! Levine’s character Dave Kohl actual has layers, to the point where you almost feel sorry for him by the end [or maybe that’s just me and my die-hard crush on Levine 😉 ]. But nevertheless, the entire cast was amazing!!
As for the musical aspect, I absolutely loved the original songs! They were the perfect mix of indie and pop to give the film that feel-good mood! My favourite song, ‘Lost Stars’ is such a beautiful piece (which was nominated for an oscar!). Honestly, I just can’t get any more excited about this film!! Sure, it had quite a few montage sequences (which i usually find annoying) but they were executed so well that nothing could have peeled my eyes from the screen! As Knightley and Ruffalo stroll around New York City at night listening to music through a headphone splitter, i felt my heart flutter like I’ve never felt it before- Just for the record, I am one of the most pessimistic, perpetually annoyed people you will ever know, and yet this film managed to bring me back to life!
The film was genuinely hilarious! The dialogue at times literally had me in tears!! But at others, Carney pulls at your heartstrings without being cheesy in the slightest! That’s what I really love about this film, its originality and creative concept, brought together by such a marvellous cast and cinematography. Overall, the characters were developed quite well- although I would’ve liked to have seen more of Haliee Steinfeld’s character. ‘Begin Again’ was just such heartwarming and inspiring story about following your dreams and loving what you do, no matter what others say- it definitely renewed my faith in Hollywood!
‘BEGIN AGAIN’ FILM: 8/10