Why would I call Begin Again “Can 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?