I didn't blog about this when I saw it for the first time in July, but since buying it on DVD and watching it a second time, I realized just how amazing it truly is. I loved it the first time, and the second time was even better. Begin Again is just such a gem of a movie that probably comes only once or twice in a decade, and I recommend you ALL see it!
Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dave (Adam Levine, in his first film acting role) are college sweethearts. She accompanies him to New York City after he lands a record deal. Dave's growing fame takes its toll on the couple, and he ends up stealing her lyrics (Gretta is a minor league songwriter). Meanwhile, Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a struggling record producer whose company has lost all faith in him. At the lowest points in their self-worth Gretta and Dan meet at a bar where Gretta's friend convinces her to go up and sing. Dan is immediately hypnotized by her voice, her lyrics, her everything. He convinces her to meet with his recording company, who want a demo of her songs before going any further. With both of them broke and down on their luck, they record songs in all the wildest spots of New York City, leading to one magical, musical summer! Catherine Keener (The 40-year-old Virgin) co-stars as Dan's ex-wife, as well as... Cee Lo Green!
The music is dazzling, the scenery is as vibrant as ever, and... Whoever knew Keira Knightley was such a good singer?! Certainly not me. The movie's leading track, "Lost Stars", with versions by both Knightley and Levine, is purely intoxicating. Begin Again just seems...relevant. To everything. To people, to our lives, to the struggle to keep our heads above water. All with an amazing tone of music. Just watch it. Buy the movie, buy the soundtrack, and blast it on repeat. Your life will be better for it!