Movie Review: Begin Again
I went to see Begin Again with my cousin Erica this weekend. We really enjoyed the movie. Another friend, Paige, had recommended it and I was a bit dubious to be honest. I feared it was just another bland romantic comedy. The truth is it was WONDERFUL! The music was wonderful and the story great and very believable.
The best part of the movie, for me, was two secondary characters — Keira Knightley’s bestie Steve (played by James Corden) and Mark Ruffalo’s daughter Violet (played by Hailee Steinfeld). Both of them did a wonderful job playing very accurately and well-written characters. I spend most of my professional career dealing with teenagers and so I was very able to relate to and recognize the great writing/acting for the character of Violet. She was wonderful and in many ways at the very heart of the movie. As for Steve, the best friend, he was all heart and support — a wonderful friend who was there for his friend through thick and thin. There were two scenes in the movie that were just so real — one happy and sad — between the two friends that were so real and sweet. I smile just thinking about them.
The other star of the movie was the music that was sweet and clever. Keira Knightley does not have an amazing voice but it is interesting and she did do a fabulous job as the sweet and a bit tormented songwriter juxtaposed against the creative genius burnout that was Mark Ruffalo.
This song is covered three times in the movie and is really at the center of the movie. It’s a lovely song and though I am not the biggest Adam Levine fan, even I had to admit that he did a wonderful job as an actor and a singer.
But my favorite song in the movie is probably this one… they film it in an alley and it’s a really fun scene.
I can’t speak to whether it was an accurate betrayal of the way music is recorded or the music industry but I really enjoyed the characters at the heart. It really felt like a movie for real people — not overly dramatic, but witty and realistic with a sweet message. I totally recommend it and hope that you enjoy it as much as me.