Sunday, December 6, 2015

Begin Again - A Movie Worth Watching

Begin Again - DVD on Amazon
It's all about FEELING, You'll Feel from the beginning to the end, And When it Ends you'll Want More

Begin Again starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo and featuring Adam Levine, transports you to a place where the ugliness of personal mistakes takes a back seat while you become a participant in the artist's musical lives. The music is the focus; the characters follow, and it all works. 
If along with realism, music and art, you intimately understand the hidden mystique of a city, you'll feel even more from this movie
The story centers around the once Grammy Award winning success, but currently down-on-his-luck character Dan Mulligan, played by Ruffalo, meeting a recently heart broken yet fiercely independent singer-songwriter, Gretta James played by Knightley. They decide to make an outdoor album with each song performed in different locations of New York City, making this the energy that fuels the music. The city's heart automatically beats with the music and although the city isn't directly a dramatized focal point, it's pulsating imperfections connects every aspect to the characters.

If you're drawn to movies that depict the intimate flaws of people, but can still manage to ooze beauty via the complex backdrop of urban discommodity and the souls within, this one wins.

Some Movie Facts:
  • Begin Again premiered in September 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
  • Keira Knightley learned to sing and play guitar for the movie
  • The song 'Lost Stars' was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song
  • Fans of The Voice will remember Adam Levine performing Lost Stars with Season 7 finale contestant Matt McAndrew
  • The soundtrack for the movie was released in June 2014 with most of the songs performed by Knightley and Levine.
Lost Stars, a magnificent song, is now part of my personal playlist. Here's the video of Adam Levine performing Lost Stars, from the scene in the movie:

Personally Speaking: Begin Again, is now ranked as one of my top ten all time favorite movies. Mark Ruffalo's character is powerful; also one of my favorite actors... as I also appreciate what he stands for off-screen.

by Barbara Tremblay Cipak - Owner

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  1. Sounds like a movie I would love. Thanks for the review! Never too late to Begin Again.

  2. You'll love this one Heather, I think I've seen it 10 times now.

  3. Well, now I must see this movie! I haven't even heard of it before today. I was thinking as I started reading that I didn't know Keira Knightley had any musical talent, then I read on to find out that she discovered her own musical talent as she prepared for this movie. That in and of itself is very interesting. I listened to Adam Levine on the video, not really knowing what to expect, but I really like the song! I have only heard it the one time, but I couldn't help but think as I was listening, it isn't wasted on the young (even though I do understand where he is coming from with that thought) It takes the energy and innocence of youth to strive for success in the music industry, especially the energy.

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    2. messed up my reply above, - this is the kind of movie I can watch 100 times and not get tired of

  4. Always appreciate personal recommendations for movies. This sounds like a winner!

    1. It's our favorite movie at that moment - so good

  5. I'd not heard of this movie before your review, but am fascinated with the idea of music being performed against the backdrop of New York City. Having once lived there, I look forward to seeing the movie just for the city scenes. And after listening to "Lost Stars", I can tell I will also like the music in the film.

    1. Pat, this movie had limited release in the US, so I wouldn't be surprised if few have seen it - it cost something like 7 or 8 million to make, and all total (US and Internationally) it made nearly $64 million. Most of the money made was internationally as it had more exposure outside of the US. You'll love the movie, it's lives broken, fixed, broken and the music makes it all makes sense.

  6. I think I'd enjoy this one. I don't see many movies, but your review got me interested in this one. I like the idea of the varying city scenery.

  7. I think I'd enjoy this one. I don't see many movies, but your review got me interested in this one. I like the idea of the varying city scenery.

  8. Oh, I loved this movie! Great review Barbara, interesting that it had a limited release in the US I wonder why that was.


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