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Spoiler Free Review for Begin Again

Title: Begin Again

Date: 2013

MPAA: R for language

Director: John Carney

Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, James Corden, Adam Levine

Synopsis: The story of a struggling music producer and a struggling musical artist who meet in New York City and together help each other turn not only turn their professional careers around but their lives as well.

Review: Begin Again is anchored by it’s two leads and both Knightley and Ruffalo are great in this sweet tale of two people who bond over music. Ruffalo is easily the stand out in this movie. Ruffalo has that rare ability as an actor at times where as you are watching him it doesn’t even look like he is acting. You really feel empathy for his character and want him to succeed. Even though he is kind of a jerk at times in the movie. Another stand out for me was James Corden. His character was very funny, and you can tell he probably improvised most of his lines in the movie. Corden is a very charming guy and someone who I would love to have a drink with. It does not surprise me at all why he got his own late night talk show. There are also some really good moments in this film that just make you feel good. Especially if you love good music.

The movie however does drag on toward the end. Where you think the movie is at it’s climax and it’s beginning to wrap up, there is still about 15 more minutes left. So the editing in this movie could have improved. The writing for this movie wasn’t anything special. You can tell by watching this movie, that a lot of it is probably improvised, which really speaks dividends to the performances of the actors in this movie. Also, I didn’t really get why Cee Lo Green was in this movie. I feel like they could have cut him out completely, and it seemed like the only reason why he was in the movie to begin with was so he could be on the soundtrack. Adam Levine has a pretty major role in this movie, and at times you can tell his acting performance did not live up to what it should have been. But overall he really wasn’t that bad and it didn’t bother me too much.

Overall, Begin Again is a great movie to sit back and relax and enjoy with some great performances and music. The movie does not follow the standard romance clichés which is something I respected. It does have it’s flaws, but nothing too serious that ruined the movie for me. Mark Ruffalo also gives one of the best performances I have seen from him. My grade for this movie is:


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