Begin Again tells the story of two unlikely pairs of musicians. The first, Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a depressed, alcoholic music producer on the verge of wanting to kill himself. When he stumbles in drunk to a pub he hears the lovely voice of Greta (Keira Knightley), a heart broken song writer. Dan offers Greta a chance to make an album here in Manhattan. At first she is hesitant, but after a bit of convincing they begin on their musical adventure.
Begin Again fails to fall under the clichés that usually come with the genre. Begin Again is much more than just a musical bonding movie. The film has so many more layers to it than just what my synopsis serves and what the trailers tease. There is multiple points towards the end of the second act and near the start of the third act where the film feels like it's falling under a bunch of clichés and that it will end up being very predictable, but thankfully this never happens. The film picks itself up and dusts them off, making it a surprisingly original unoriginal movie.
Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo are brilliant in the leads. Begin Again, for me, is one of their standout performances. I couldn't imagine another actor/actors filling into their roles. The two bring such depth and diversity to these characters that we can't help, but know that these are people we should we rooting for and that we care for.
Begin Again is just a watchable movie. There are two films to come out in 2014 so far that are just damn watchable and rewatcable etc. They're Begin Again and The Wolf of Wall Street. Both have this feeling of freshness to them on every viewing, although I am mostly referring to The Wolf of Wall Street as I've only seen Begin Again once. Begin Again isn't a stress to get through or even takes up a long period of the day as it's runtime is just right. The film has many qualities to it that make me predict that it's a film I will come back to over and over again.
The film was hilarious at times. Begin Again manages to be classified, in part, as a comedy, but the humour is more upbeat and modern than the rehashed, but still funny, slapstick and over the top sex humour comedies we get frequently. The humour is occasionally relatable and never failed to put a smile on my face. As well as being funny, the film is also very moving and heart warming. It's definitely one of my favourite films this year and I look forward to seeing it again when it gets a wider release this August.
To sum up, Begin Again occasionally feels like it's going to be predictable, but soon picks itself up by avoiding this. The performances are sensational, the film can get hilarious, original and heart warming. It's just a very watchable movie.