Begin Again – **(*)

Posted: February 5, 2015 in 2014, Dramedy, Musical, USA, XX1/2

It helps that iTunes has 99 cent rentals in their library. Based on the trailer or synopsis there is little change that Begin Again is on many’s ‘to watch’ list. But thanks to Apple you can discover great little indie flicks like these.

Mark Ruffalo shows again what an underrated actor he is. He’s very good as a former talent scout and producer who gets fired at the same record company he started up back in the days when he wasn’t an alcoholic and still ambitious. Upon hearing the bad news he gets loaded in a local bar where he hears an English singer songwriter (a surprisingly non-annoying Keira Knightley) sing a personal song that nobody else in the club seems to care about, but somehow makes him realize he can make her the next big indie star. They start talking and after some initial reluctance they start recording songs all over New York and try to deal with their current emotional issues.

Apart from the terrible songs they perform in their entirety throughout the movie, this is a pretty nice movie. It’s not original, but it’s not pretentious either. It’s about two people who meet in the greatest city in the world – New York is again the absolute star of the movie – and resolve their own issues by confronting each other about them. It’s nothing more. Nor does it need to be.



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