Begin Again

Our Rating

“The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. The film is produced by Anthony Bregman at Likely Story, Tobin Armbrust of Exclusive Media and Judd Apatow at Apatow Productions.”

Ugh, I’m not sure where to go with this review. The movie was everything I expected, romantic, sweet, endearing and with a good message BUT I just cannot get past a few niggles. 

First off is the casting. How is it possible that I did not, I repeat, did not find Adam Levine sexy. Was he not recently voted People’s Sexiest Man Alive? In Begin Again he didn’t resemble this at all.  I felt like they purposely wanted him to look blah and its safe to say I struggled with it. Firstly Hot men make great assholes, and Levine’s character Dave was just this and secondly what is the point of having him? His singing skills are much higher than Keira Knightley’s and she sang more and wouldn’t he be a drawcard to get the masses to the movies? I only thing I can think of is that they wanted me to focus on the story at hand and not be distracted by sexy. On the other hand Mark Ruffalo and many of the other actors where perfect, they fit. Even Cee Lo Green who was fabulous as usual (literally). Knightley’s voice did began to grow on me too. 

Moving past this I did enjoy the storyline, it was fresh and relatable. Begin Again was easy-going and carefree leaving me in a good mood. I enjoyed the comedic lines and the cute soft moments dabbled through out. 

Begin Again is in NZ Cinemas Thursday July 24th and is perfect for a rainy Sunday. 

Hannah Rogers, The Modern Girl



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  • July 26, 2014


    I’ve heard good, fun things about this movie – but I have such a pet hate for KK. Not sure I could bring myself to see this!

    • Hannah Rogers
      July 26, 2014

      Hannah Rogers

      Haha – If you are not a KK fan then I would not recommend this movie. She sings alot and it’s very… Norah Jones like and it takes some time to get used to it.