Sunday, July 13, 2014

10 thoughts on...Begin Again

  1. I'm not exactly sure why but I had never given John Carney much credit for his work on Once. Evidently he deserves as much if not more credit for that film as he has successfully infused that same sense authenticity into a bigger budget and a creative group further removed from the world of music-making he's depicting. The camerawork and energy is particularly spot-on. Kudos.
  2. Mark Ruffalo is such a charming leading man. After watching The Normal Heart and this in quick succession I am ready to crown him a new Hollywood leading man.
  3. The music really isn't great. And in comparison to Once it is instantly forgettable. Which is a shame for a film that is all about finding this 'true' musical talent.
  4. The sequence where Ruffalo and Keira Knightley listen to her guilty pleasures whilst roaming New York will forever make me smile. A glorious celebration of music.
  5. As much as she tries it's impossible to call Knightley a great actress. She's good. And does good work here, but she struggles. She always struggles. Thankfully there is charm in watching her on screen despite never convincingly becoming another character. 
  6. Hailee Steinfeld on the other hand is a terrific actor. I can't wait to see more of her.
  7. And Catherine Keener should be in every film.
  8. The costumes in this film are impressive, the characters alter their appearance regularly and it always rings true. 
  9. New York is celebrated as much as Dublin was in Once. A lovely love letter.
  10. I smiled throughout.

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