Begin Again (2014)

Begin Again (2014)

2014 R 104 Minutes

Comedy | Music | Romance | Drama

Gretta's celebrity boyfriend breaks up with her after a long-term relationship, leaving the singer to find success on her own. With the help of record producer, Dan and hip-hop celebrity, Trouble G...

Overall Rating

8 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • Begin Again isn't just your typical romantic comedy, it's rather mature. One of those rare films where the two lead characters actually don't hook up and live happily ever after. The Hollywood glitz and generic script have been brushed aside to create a refreshing romance full of musicality. A songwriter and music producer have the worst day ever, and by chance meet at a bar to which they set out to create an album. Pointing swords towards the bland pop music of today, the film's theme of authenticity and originality is prominent in every scene. Not just in the music, but also in love. Greta discovers her rock star boyfriend is cheating on her and rejects her for fame and fortune. Dan struggles adjusting to modern music (which he pretty much detests...I can see why!) and is fired from his job. So yes, a bad day indeed. Then comes the third act which overcomes the boring romantic comedy formula by not falling in love! No long kiss in the rain, just one genuine heartwarming stare of kindness and admiration. An absolutely charming film, I must say. What does help is the music. It's pleasant to listen to and will probably be downloading the soundtrack. Boasted by vocals from Adam Levine, James Corden and Keira Knightley. Emotionally charged and full of reflection. A very unusual cast though. Knightley and Ruffalo are electric, charismatic and pretty much perfect. Then we have Adam "Your Sugarrrr...Yes Pleaseeee" Levine who can actually act, but most importantly can sing. Followed by Cee Lo "Forget Youuuuu" Green who should've had way more screen time. James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld and Catherine Keener are just underused which is a shame because they all felt so natural. The script on the whole was decent, a good combination of wit and humour to keep the atmosphere light hearted. The more emotionally involved scenes may not be executed brilliantly, but I'm sure if you have some emotion you will feel connected to the moment (not me...I'm heartless). Also admired the non-linear narrative structure in the first act. An infectiously feel good flick.