Film Title: Begin Again (2013)
Director: John Carney
Actors: Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener…
Begin Again is the tale of second chances for lost souls or rather lost stars. Gretta and Dave Kohl are college sweethearts and song-writing partners who move to New York after Dave lands music deal with a major production label. They both begin to live and feel the life of stardom almost the instant they step into New York, with lavish accommodations, transportation etc. Over time, Dave begins to stray due to the trappings of his newfound fame, which ultimately leads to the end of their relationship, and Gretta is left on her own in the city. However, Gretta’s world takes a turn for the better when Dan, a disgraced and ex-record label executive discovers her raw music prowess and song writing skills. From this chance encounter, the two set on a journey where music and life are celebrated in its simplest form.
I have nothing but praise for this film. It’s a hit on so many levels; the music, cinematography, storyline, and light-breeze acting. First, music was the main theme of the film so that’s one of the most overpowering forces of the film – rich and beautiful music. It was incredible to see music being celebrated in its simplest form; the artist, a pen & paper, an instrument and a recording device. It showcases music like we are not used to these days, that is, music that isn’t overproduced to appeal to club-goers or radio-listeners. It was for people that appreciate rhythms tastefully combined together without any added unnecessary stuff. In terms of storyline, the movie certainly excelled. I honestly love a film that keeps you attentive, so a film that is structured in a non-linear narrative definitely does that. Begin Again had a non-linear structure so it followed the memories and perspectives of the main actors in no particular order. This was certainly interesting to watch. In addition, the storyline and cinematography of the film were great and engaging. The film made you fall in love with New York City with its seduction of making dreams come true and its beautiful scenery and bright lights.
The acting definitely suit the atmosphere of the film, it was light and pleasant to watch. It was meant to be a feel-good comedy and I think the actors did the film justice with that. Of course, there wasn’t an award winning performance, perhaps that of Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley stood out from the rest of the cast, but it may be because these two are always so great at whatever roles they play. Another thing I definitely have to praise this film for apart from the beautiful music is its defiance and the fact that it didn’t go the typical romantic comedy route. Basically, there were instances were you could almost predict the way the story was going to go, but every time you were left pleasantly surprised in a good way. Director, John Carney, certainly created a brilliant film that celebrates family, life, music, New York, simplicity and an ode to relationships. So our verdict for the film is that it’s a beautiful, simple, feel-good and uplifting film that’ll keep you entertained from the beginning to the end. It’s a great summer film that should be seen not in major cinemas but in an independent movie house, an old theatre perhaps?
Of course this film used wonderful and beautiful music from the beginning to the end, but our favourite is definitely Adam Levine’s version of Lost Stars, here:
Also, feel free to watch the film trailer below:
In the spirit of celebrating music and life, this film has inspired us to celebrate real music in our world, music that isn’t over produced or created simply for mass appeal. If you know any artist or any band creating beautiful music just because they love to, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will place their work on our official home page, so that our viewers can apppreciate raw music and celebrate talented individuals with us.
IMAGE CREDIT: BeginAgain