Begin Again
Begin Again
R | 07 September 2013 (USA)
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Gretta, a budding songwriter, finds herself alone after her boyfriend Dave ditches her. Her life gains purpose when Dan, a record label executive, notices her talent.


Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.

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Arianna Moses

Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.

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Jonah Abbott

There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.

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what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.

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A great movie to see after a break up. Will defo inspire you.

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Dan: That's some song you got there. I promise you it could be a big hit. Plus you're beautiful.Gretta: I'm sorry, what's beauty got to do with anything?This is the first exchange between Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley's characters in this story about flawed lives intertwining with a backdrop of music. This film centers around Gretta (Knightley) a young singer-songwriter who is new to Manhattan and Dan (Ruffalo) a music-business executive who both meet each other at pivotal moments in their life. Gretta who recently broke up with her rising star boyfriend Dave Kohl (Adam Levine) and Dan who had recently split from his partner lean on each other. With a little bit of help from her friend Steve (James Corden), who steals certain scenes with his witty humour. (Side note: James Corden will be making his mark on Late Night by replacing Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show soon).Begin Again questions the music industry as a whole, while showing you someone who is a sellout and one who is in it for the love of music. There came a point when it was no longer about the art form, but about the money that could be made. The industry will check you up and spit you back out again given the chance at an extra buck. Dan and Gretta butt heads on this topic many times throughout the film. Dan wants to make Gretta into a hit maker while she just does it for her own pleasure. This film will make you fall in love with music all over again. The film may be about life and relationships, but this feels like a love letter to music from writer/director John Carney. Songs written specifically for the film show the depth of music and is used as a way to communicate and express one self. Knightley's soothing voice backed by a great melody will make you want to hear it over and over again.If this film doesn't get a nomination for original song it should receive acting nods for Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo's performance as a alcoholic finding his way to become a good Father is mesmerizing, while Knightley's performance is one of her best. Two actors who you would never think would go together, have an onscreen chemistry casting agents only dream of.

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I had heard about some parts of the plot, so I was expecting this film to a lot sadder than it turned out to be. Ruffalo and Knightley portrayed a music producer and folky songwriter who pleasantly were never romantically involved, but built a wonderful friendship instead. These two actors displayed this story very well, along with a few celebrities that I didn't expect, such as Adam Levine, James Corden, and upcoming actress Hailee Steinfeld. The director, John Carney, made a good use of many different angles and transitions in the film. There was a variety of uses for the cut transition, but most of them had the effect of making you feel like the scene was real. It cut forward in time, yet in the same scene, and that allows the audience to feel like the scene hasn't truly been cut. The transitions weren't the only thing that made this film feel real. The actors portrayed their emotions and the situations in a way that made it not seem planned out or scripted. This was what I loved about this movie most; that I hardly felt like I was watching a movie, but that I was living the journey with these unique characters.

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Michael Ledo

Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a record producer who just got fired from the label he founded. He is separated from his wife (Catherine Keener) and his part time daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) who is the typical hurt movie teen needing a father figure. While trying to get drunk he hears Gretta (Keira Knightley) give a really rotten night club performance, although Dan hears something great.Gretta has just broken up with her rock star boyfriend (Adam Levine). She agrees to do an album with Dan recording outdoors in different parts of the city with Dan cashing in favors to get background musicians.The film was not a good life drama. It was not a comedy and the music was fair. It has indie appeal to aspiring writers/singers as well as indie lovers who don't know a bad movie when they see one. Knightly gave us her typical role and looks, seemingly phoning this one in. Dan was hardly likeable. And in two minutes time Gretta can solve all of the teen's problems.I have trouble understanding the praise for a so cliche filled movie. Is this what society has come to? Mulligan seriously? Mommy make it stop. It hurts. Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.

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