Begin Again

Synopsis

On a day that was supposed to be like any other yet was full of awful surprises, Dan and Gretta accidentally cross each others paths. Although their meeting is strange, Dan quickly realizes Gretta is the answer to his prayers and is adamant about making her see it too. In fact with a little bit of help from destiny, music and luck – they might be able to follow their dreams and, hopefully, create some new ones along the way.

Review

Begin Again is an innovative film that explores the causes, effects and costs of fame. Its focus on the raw emotions that overcome us when dealing with the troubles in our lives really emphasizes the importance of expression and collaboration not only with our peers but also with our surroundings. Furthermore, the story provides a fantastic insight into discovering, expanding and sharing our talents – even when we are scared shitless.

*The recommended snack for this film is: Beer!!

Outstanding Performances

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James Corden: Most of us are used to seeing Corden driving around while singing karaoke with celebrities, yet if you are like me, this was the first time we  saw him acting in a movie. Needless to say, I was expecting him to be his usual hilarious self, yet was very impressed with his kind and caring character Steve. In fact, there were definitely some very touching scenes that portrayed his friendship with Gretta and gave wonderful bffs feels.

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Mark Ruffalo:  Although initially unsure about his casting as Dan, I was extremely amazed by Ruffalo’s performance in this film. Dan’s reliance on alcohol barely allowed him to live a decent life yet, as the story unfolds, the viewers are able to glance at some of the layers that make him who and how he is. The most beautiful aspect of Dan however is not his past or even his future possibilities – it’s actually his self discovery and the fact that we get to witness it being played out on the screen. 

Keira Knightley: Honestly, what can’t Knightley do? To say that she is an outstanding versatile performer is an understatement. Now, add to that a raw yet beautiful singing voice plus a free spirit and you might just get a little closer in defining the many facets of this espectacular actress. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that she is absolutely phenomenal in Pride & Prejudice, one of my most cherished films, I would say this was my favorite film with her as a protagonist. However, as a result this would be my second one 🙂

– PopNach

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9 thoughts on “Begin Again

  1. Brilliant and unbiased review!This film is criminally underrated!Watch John Carney’s other films(ONCE,SING STREET) and share your thoughts on them.Would love to read more reviews from you😊🍻👍

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  2. I truly enjoyed both of your reviews! Sometimes, as you highlighted in “The Big Short” review, the movie is awesome but certain aspects of it could be improved. I truly appreciate the fact that you are analyzing it as a film and also as a combination of elements that can be rated individually. Can’t wait to read more of them!

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