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Jason Johnson
Friday, Jul 4, 2014

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Movie date: Begin Again

The New Paper | Jason Johnson | Friday, Jul 4, 2014

Cinema Still : Begin Again.

Begin Again

Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener

Director: John Carney

The skinny: Alcoholic record producer Dan (Ruffalo) is fired from the company he helped found. One night in a bar, he hears Greta (Knightley) performing and decides he can save his career by making her a star. The pair set out to record an album on the streets of New York. Meanwhile, Dan tries to repair his relationship with his estranged wife (Keener) and daughter (Steinfeld).

Rating: NC16

 

Director Carney burst onto the scene with Once back in 2006.

An indie movie about Irish street musicians, Once was made for a few hundred thousand bucks and went on to earn more than ten million and bagged an Oscar.

It's a masterpiece and you should totally track it down.

Sadly, Carney followed up Once with a couple of flicks that went absolutely nowhere (Zonad, anyone?).

After nearly a decade of puttering, he's finally back to doing what he was apparently born to do - combining music and pictures to create movie magic.

Begin Again is basically a celebration of creation, an intimate look at the transformative power of bringing art in the world.

Working hard to make something great brings out the best in people, forging bonds and generating memories that can last a lifetime.

Rudderless Ruffalo becomes a new man as he's caught up in the thrill of piecing the album together.

Knightley transforms from a dilettante into a true musician. Ruffalo's daughter Steinfeld blossoms.

There are moments in Begin Again that made tears stream down my face, just through the beauty of the music.

In my opinion, there are way too many movies about cops, gangsters, soldiers, zombies etceteras.

True heroes aren't the ones who kill and destroy.

True heroes are the ones whose creative pursuits make the world just that bit more tolerable.

*****

The Consensus: The music is great and Knightley is surprisingly good. A genuinely emotional experience.


This article was first published on JULY 2, 2014.
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