Movie Review: Begin Again

Begin Again (2013) Poster
Have you ever seen a movie that just makes you feel good?  You go in feeling kinda 'eh and leave feeling full of life and promise and hope?  That's what this movie did for me.  Mark Ruffalo plays a music producer named Dan who's down on his luck. He started a record label with his college buddy, but got fired. He's a bit of a functioning alcoholic who is very very lost.  In comes Gretta played by Keira Knightley.  Gretta is a recently dumped English lass who occasionally writes songs.  The night before Gretta leaves to go home to England she hangs out at a bar and gets up to sing a song of her own.  Drunken Dan is at the same bar and when he hears Gretta singing he lights up!  He gets so excited he starts seeing other instruments playing along with her.  Together Dan and Gretta go on a sort of New York musical adventure as they record her album on the streets.

Mark Ruffalo is fantastic. I've been a big fan of his ever since 13 Going on 30. Yes, I realize it's a cheesy chick flick, but he's pretty great. He just keeps getting better. He is so rustic and real in his role as Dan.  Keira Knightley is wonderful. I wasn't her biggest fan when she first got big in the US. It was mostly jealousy, because she got so damn lucky from her audition for Pirates of the Caribbean. I love her in this movie, though. Adam Levine makes his film debut as Gretta's ex-boyfriend turned rock star.  He's not too bad, but could use a class or two.

The music alone in this movie was worth it for me. I love Maroon 5 and Adam Levine does not disappoint when it comes to the music.  Keira Knightley can sing too and I love her style. She's a mix of Nora Jones meets Sara Bareilles.  As soon as I got home I got onto my Spotify account and downloaded as many tracks from the movie as I could.  There are some really great songs such as Like a FoolLost Stars and Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home. I can really feel the heart and soul in the music and that feeling bleeds right into the film.

Don't take my word for it. Check out the trailer and then go see the movie. Enjoy!

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