In March, a trailer for the movie Begin Again made its way into my inbox. I watched it. Then waited patiently for four more months for it to make its way into theaters. It just opened in Chicago and I couldn’t get a babysitter fast enough so that Tim and I could go see it.
No plot spoilers here. The combination of actors (Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine) and a storyline about broken people healed by each other and a love of music — all set against a New York City backdrop — is summer movie perfection. You might remember writer-director John Carney’s feature film Once. Begin Again, by Carney, also features gorgeous melodies which are very much a part of the film as much as the actors themselves.
As put by Peter Travers in this Rolling Stone review: It’s rare to find a movie that uses music to define love without sentimentalizing it. But Begin Again … is a wonderfully appealing exception. Ruffalo and Knightley perform subtle magic. On a bench, ear buds in and lost in the music, they forge an intimacy you can’t pin down. Begin Again is a wisp of a movie. But it can wipe you out.
And even if it doesn’t wipe you out, I think you’ll be hooked.