Plot:A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.
Everything about this movie just screams romantic comedy – the title, the posters, the plot, everything. It has Adam Levine in, and no one in their right mind would actually think Adam Levine in any movie could be a good idea – the man is obviously a talented singer, but his artistic capabilities obviously run towards being behind a mike and not in front of a camera.
Begin Again was such a solid, entertaining film to watch that I am surprised it didn’t get a whole lot more press when it was released. I am such a fan of Mark Ruffalo – he is a good, dependable actor that manages to develop his characters and make you believe in them. His character in here has so many problems – a career that is falling apart, a daughter who is acting out to catch the attention of her missing father, a wife who has lost all hope in him and his own alcohol addiction that is making his situation that much worse. When he meets Keira Knightley’s character, he is moved by her music and hopes to produce her, but, nursing her own heartbreak and having a fairly large amount of artistic arrogance about her art, there is a whole lot of dancing around each other before they settle on a really unique idea (watch the movie to find out what it is)
What a really liked was:
As mentioned, Mark Ruffalo. He is my favorite guy and I should give more effort into watching movies with him in.
Keira Knightley, who, for once, didn’t irate me and had (if it is her own), a really good singing voice.
Adam Levine: Not only was there a fair amount of teasing about how he succumbed to what the music industry expects from an artist, but he acted quite well. It is really interesting to see how clean cut he appears when you put him in some decent clothes and hide all those (fascinating) tattoos.
The score – I actually would really like it as part of my collection. The music is thoughtful, unique and sad.
The development and pacing of the plot, and the end. The end had me mildly annoyed and confused, but that has since cleared and I appreciate it now. The development is never really concerned with getting your approval and does what it wants, and the characters progress naturally throughout the movie that makes you understand them a bit better.
I am really happy and really surprised by the way the film worked out in the end. It was glorious to behold!
Have you seen Begin Again? What did you think?