Begin Again is all about two lonely souls brought together by their common passion for music, their journey and what they go through, individually and as a team.
Begin Again begins when Greta (Kiera Knightley), a British songwriter who is betrayed by her rising rocker boyfriend Dave Kohl (Adam Levine), reluctantly performs at an open mic night at a struggling musician friend’s insistence. She gets spotted by a drunken, shabby, separated from his wife and daughter record label owner Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo) who’s been dumped by his business partner that very morning.
With absolutely no funds in their pockets, they set out to create a music album by recording songs at real locations in New York. It’s fun to watch Greta and her bandmates get rolling amidst the cacophony of this great city even as they’re chased around by cops.
Along the way, you see sparks flying between Greta and Dan, which is believable. Now, you have to watch the film to find out more. It’s a joy to watch and hear Knightley; she makes a smashing musical debut by all standards.
Mark Ruffalo, who appears to be in desperate need of a shower in the first part of the film, delivers an excellent performance yet again.
Music as a medium of expression can never be underrated. Be it love, infatuation, indifference, scorn, or even anger, you can arrange it all on a staff, throw in words and voila, you have an outlet for your deepest feelings. Begin Again is one such film that arranges many emotions, strung together by fairly realistic happenings.
However, the real hero of Begin Again is writer-director John Carney. He also makes sure that the music, which is so central to the plot, stays as real as possible. The only downside, however, is that the complicated lives of Greta and Dan get resolved rather too quickly.
Originally going to be titled as Can A Song Save Your Life, Begin Again is all about hope, music and taking a second chance in life. Begin Again ...3.0