Begin Again: A Review


Begin Again is one of those films that take you on a captivating journey. With a talented cast supported by the stirring presence of the Maroon 5 vocalist, Adam Levine blended with toe-tapping music beats, Begin Again takes you on a delightful musical experience.

Kiera Knightley plays the lovelorn lyrics writer aspiring to climb the ladder to become a singer. She is support by the laid-back and out-of-money music producer, Mark Ruffalo. Cast opposite Knightley, Adam Levine plays the successful singer.

John Carney, who has received much acclaim in the Irish entertainment front, has convinced even Hollywood of his brilliance. To add to the flawless direction of Carney, Gregg Alexander’s music composition proves to be a cheery on the cake. Along with the direction and the music, the cinematography is as flawless.

The movie starts with the tom-boyish Knightley singing a raw acoustic song in front of a small audience at a bar. At this point, Ruffalo sees the star in Knightley, taken aback by her unrefined talent. Both carrying a heavy emotional baggage from the past, Ruffalo and Knightley embark upon a musical journey together. As they aspire for success amid setbacks, they unravel each of their heartbreaking past.

Mark Ruffalo’s performance is speechlessly phenomenal. While we have seen Adam Levine as the heart-throbbing singer and as a brilliant stage performer, his side as an “actor” is brought out in the movie. Even though Levine makes his appearance very few times, he manages to leave a mark with his presence. Knightley has done a brilliant job as an actor and a singer, both.

At the beginning, the film gives you a hint that it has been narrated on the lines of Aditya Roy Kapoor starrer, Aashiqui 2. The film follows a similar course till half way through its running time. However, unlike Aashiqui 2, Begin Again focuses more on the friendship of Ruffalo and Knightley and their musical journey rather than the love story.

However, Begin Again follows a very unconventional course as both a romantic comedy and a musical. You will, in no way see the ending come the way it does. And when it ends, the way it does, it leaves you stupefied and quite unsure of what you just saw. However, once the idea of the ending settles down in you, it leaves you with a smile long after you have left the movie theatre.

This is a must-watch film for those who love music, movies, Knightley, Ruffalo and the heart-throb, Adam Levine!

Pallavi Sharma

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