Begin Again or Can a Song Save Your Life?

Why would I call Begin AgainCan a Song Save Your Life“? Does it have something to do with the movie? Well, yeah, it sort of does, but it’s also the German title. You’re confused? That’s not German … I know! I’ll never get why they rename certain movies, but stick to English titles in German speaking areas. Why can’t you just leave it the way it was, if it’s going to be in English anyway. But I’m drifting away from the main topic. This post isn’t about why certain movies are called the way they are (although that could be an interesting topic), it is about the great music drama Begin Again.

There’s a lot I have to say about this movie and I think since the trailer gives you a good overview of what the movie is about (music, family, friendship, love) I’m just going to jump to my beloved listing of thoughts, because it has worked so well in previous posts.

  • The music is gorgeous! There’s nothing to add to that, expect that it is true that music can make ordinary moments special.
  • I think you may have to be in the right mood for the movie to fully enjoy it, but Iwas and I loved it. I went out of it happy and full of music. Isn’t that exactly what’s supposed to happen when you go and watch a film? You should carry away some sort of emotion and that definitely happened with me.
  • Admittedly, I’ve expected a different sort of storytelling, but I liked the style they chose.
  • I’m not the biggest Keira Knightley fan, but I loved her in this movie. She was funny and charismatic, but maybe I am just really glad this wasn’t a period drama. I did not expect her to be able to sing. I don’t know why, but I guess I just never imagined her as a singer.
  • Mark Ruffalo … I loved him before this movie and I like him even more now. The way he gets his act together and is able to create something so special is just great to watch.
  • Although Adam Levine plays sort of a jerk, I can’t deny that I don’t mind seeing (and hearing) him on the big screen.
  • This movie features the best date ever! Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley listen to music together, walk the streets of New York City and dance and enjoy the city. There’s something magical about it.
  • The only thing that sort of bugged me, and you really shouldn’t listen to me on this point, is that it didn’t feel like a buddy movie to me. I felt chemistry and romance between Greta (Keira Knightley) and Dan (Mark Ruffalo), but clearly they weren’t meant to ever get together (in a romantic way). This movie isn’t so much about romantic love as it is a love letter to music and New York – which is great! – but I am a hopeless romantic and I just wanted to mention that I saw their relationship go in a different direction.
  • This movie gives you a reason to stay all through the credits, so stay!

So, to summarise this, I would say that the movie ended way to quickly in my opinion. I wanted more, because it was so beautiful and also profound in a way. Actors/actresses I didn’t mention, but who also appeared in the movie were: Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Mos Def, Catherine Keener and many more. What did you think of the movie?

I know this seems unrelated, but after watching Begin Again, I am really excited for Laggies. We’re going to see Keira with an American accent, Sam Rockwell who is just always amazing and the lovely Chloë Grace Moretz. I guess I just like those movies where the main character gets a little lost. What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited as well?

8 thoughts on “Begin Again or Can a Song Save Your Life?

  1. I can’t wait to finally see this one! I already fell in love with the trailer! Besides the fact that Keiras voice is not bad at all, I like her having such a relaxed person to play – I could really identify with the person she was playing, although I’m not very into music.


  2. I’m not a fan of Keira, but I don’t hate her in Seeking a Friend at the End of The World. This seem like a fun movie to watch. I’m going to take a shot 🙂 Thanks for sharing


    • I totally forgot about that movie! Whenever I think of her she’s just in some sort of period costume. I guess she was alright in that as well, but this was really the first time I actually liked her.
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  3. I ended up watching this completely by chance. My brothers and I wanted to do a family movie night out and all the movies we wanted to see weren’t showing where we wanted to go or did in the wrong hours, so my sister picked this.

    And all of us loved it! Even my brother, who is the last person on earth I would have expected to enjoy this.

    I have a love/hate relationship with Mark Ruffalo, but I found him to be so right for this particular part, he was really endearing to me.

    Your reference about Kiera and period made me giggle. I am actually a huge period geek so while I am used to seeing her in this particular attire I also really like her for it. But incidentally, the last movie of her I’ve seen before watching this was actually the Jack Ryan movie. And actually her role here reminded me of seeing her in Love Actually.


      • Ha, that’s ok. I’m actually sick in bed so there’s a good chance I’ve been doing a lot of rambling across your posts which I might or might not recall. But loving Love Actually is important enough to have its own reply post!


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