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Begin Again

DID YOU KNOW?

Keira Knightley had to learn play the guitar for the role and her husband, musician James Righton, offered his help.

 

GENRE

COMEDY, DRAMA, AND MUSIC

 

DIRECTOR

JOHN CARNEY

 

STARRING

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, MARK RUFFALO, AND ADAM LEVINE

 

Let’s begin by some real insightful questions over here… Can a Song Save Your Life? Can Keira Knightley sing? Well the answer is quite simple, Yes! Begin Again is a chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive (Mark Ruffalo) and a young singersongwriter (Keira Knightley) new to Manhattan that turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. Following the footsteps of Once and swapping Dublin for New York, plus trading a single couple for a group of people all trying to mend broken bonds or forge new ones, the touching film again trades in uncynical heart on-its-sleeve sentiment, and deploys a series of gentle ballads. Director John Carney demonstrates that the disarming emotional candor and intimacy of his earlier film Once was no fluke. He is a wholesale believer in the healing power of music, as the too-literal title suggests.

 

The director also has a profound respect for the way music is created, manifested here in a rejection of processed pop and its accompanying marketing concerns, and an embrace of backto- basics purity. Lovely chemistry between Knightley and Ruffalo enriches their many scenes together, while Ruffalo and his ex-wife Catherine Keener share different sparks that suggest the deep residual affections of an 18-year marriage. One extra note, Hailee Steinfeld balances teen attitude with insecurity, after being mostly off the radar since her wonderful performance in True Grit!