Begin Again, for me, is a delightful change of pace. It’s a sweet and happy story with loads of entertainment. I really liked this movie about a business executive, Dan (Mark Ruffalo) in the music industry who is down on his luck, causing him to make bad choices and unproductive decisions while trying to maintain his image and job. Along comes a new song writer and singer, Gretta (Keira Knightley) who is also new to New York City. Dan hears Gretta singing one of her songs on stage and offers her a chance to record her own album. After some thought, Gretta decides to take Dan up on his offer. The story is full of little twist and turns that would be considered spoilers if I revealed them, so I’ll leave them out. Gretta’s boyfriend, Dave Kohl (Adam Levine) is soaring through the music scene, singing songs she wrote for him, among others. The music is fantastic and the story is very good. Gretta also has a brother, Steve (James Corden) who is also in the music business. He helps her through a rough time — they have a very close relationship that heavily contributes to the upbeat vibe that “Begin Again” gives off. I liked this movie enough to see it again. It’s on DVD and has flown way under the radar. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth your time to see it!
[BEGIN AGAIN is nominated for Music (Original Song)]