Movie Review: Begin Again

I have picked up the pace on my reading again, thanks to the alarming “you are behind” number on my Goodreads reading challenge. [26, in case anyone wants to have a good scoff.] The challenge was simple enough: a book a week for the year. I had made a similar resolution for movies, which of course I far surpassed. Spending an hour and a half, versus a few days, on a movie makes it that much easier to stick to.

Of course, that’s just a ramble, and has nothing to do with my watching the movie at all. I watched this movie because Mark Ruffalo is perfection.

Story: Gretta (Keira Knightley) is a singer-songwriter in New York, who has found herself living on a friend’s sofa after an acrimonious surprise breakup with her boyfriend. One day before she is due to leave America, and heading back to England, she sings one of her songs at a bar.

Coincidentally, Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo), a down on his luck, former superstar music producer, happens to be in the same bar. He hears her song with arrangements added in, and is instantly smitten with her voice and song.

He offers to produce an album with her, and the movie takes the story forward.

Review: Incredible movie with realistic people and situations. Loved every single second, because finally I’ve watched a movie that doesn’t lose itself in the realms of fantasy and idiocy to be funny, charming, and heartwarming, and remains grounded in the real world at the same time.

Story: The story is very straightforward. The overreaching arc is Gretta’s journey to getting her first album produced. Both Dan and Gretta have messy pasts, remnants of which constantly raise their heads. The scenes and dialogues delightfully turn cliches on their heads, and make the story utterly captivating and charming.

Characters: No one is perfect, after all, and so there are no good guys and bad guys. Each individual is on their own path, realising that some of their assumptions about the future are just not going to happen. The reactions of the characters are so lifelike and appropriate, without unnecessary histrionics and drama. Each character is a masterpiece.

Acting: Although every actor was superb, the two central actors, Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley were sublime. They didn’t even have to articulate to communicate with the viewer. I am so much in awe of their work in this movie. Just magnificent.

What I liked: Don’t know if you can tell that I adored every second of this movie.

What I disliked: Dear lord. Absolutely nothing. It is now one of my all time favourite movies.

Rating: ✩✩✩✩✩





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