Begin Again is a nice little gem you can currently find on Netflix. Starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, and written and directed by the guy who gave us Once, John Carney. If you are reading this then you have already seen the movie, so I will be discussing some scenes that will contain spoilers….
If you read my spoiler free review, then you will know how much I appreciate Mark Ruffalo. I think he is one of the most talented actors out there right now, and he gives one of the best performances I have seen from him. It’s like he isn’t even trying when he acts, and I appreciate that. The beginning of the movie, with him getting fired, is both humorous and tragic at the same time. His character (Dan) is a mess at the beginning of the movie. He has no job, no money, and not a very good relationship with his daughter. And if you’re like me, you can relate to the guy, because he just doesn’t like the type of music that is popular now a days. Most of it is just garbage, I’m looking at you Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez..You want this guy to succeed, even though he is kind of a bum. This has a lot to do with the performance Ruffalo gives. Knightley’s character (Gretta) is also going through a bit of a low point in her life. She just broke up with her boyfriend, played by Adam Levine, and she basically has no job either, because she’s a musician with no record deal. What this movie is about is turning your life around and getting that second chance, and by the end of the movie, both characters do so.
As I mentioned in my spoiler free review, I really respected how the movie didn’t follow the standard romantic clichés in most movies. Just looking at the title picture of this movie, you think that Dan and Gretta will get together romantically, because Dan is separated from his wife and Gretta just broke up with her boyfriend, but they never do. I really respected that, because it proved that what was really important for these characters was just having a friend who believed in you and could help you turn your life around. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when they are both walking in Times Square and listening to their favorite music. And when they both walk in the club, instead of the typical over-produced dub step you would normally hear, they continue to listen to their music and dance. New York City is the location of the movie, and the director does a great job giving us the feel of the city. There is a shot where both characters are sitting by their car, and you can see the city in the background, which is just beautiful.
This movie isn’t perfect though. It could have been edited a little better, and having Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green in the movie seemed to be just for purposes of the soundtrack. Especially Cee-Lo Green, who did not need to be in the movie, and by the way his songs are HORRIBLE in the soundtrack. Horny?? Really Cee-Lo? I honestly would rather listen to the album that they actually make in the movie instead of the soundtrack for this film. The other supporting characters in this movie are much better. I really liked James Corden who stole every scene he was in. Especially this scene. So, overall this is a great feel-good movie for those who love great music. Ruffalo does a great job in this movie, and so does Knightley, who actually sings. I recommend it to anyone who has a Netflix subscription.
Best scene: The movie begins by showing how both the main characters got to the bar where Gretta plays her song for everyone and Dan discovers her. Dan’s story is by far the best. And when we see him getting drunk starting to slowly waste his life away, it’s pretty tragic. But the moment he hears Gretta, a light bulb turns on in his head, and he knows right away that he is hearing something great. And the best part is when he thinks of the whole arrangement in his mind, and we as an audience hear it as well.
If you had a favorite scene that wasn’t my favorite then let me know in the comments below.