Following his 2006 film Once, director-writer John Carney set out to create another musical story, Begin Again (2013), which details how two SOL people find a way to help each other, well, begin again. Yea, this description isn’t exactly the most inspiring, and honestly, neither is the trailer. (But hey, Mark Ruffalo; that’s my excuse.)
It’s a movie for music lovers, about music lovers, and I think the central ideas about love and family are better accepted if the viewer is in the mood to be swayed. I will say, however, that I thoroughly enjoyed all 104 minutes. The songs within leave you on an even keel, like you were told a feel-good story without being forced-fed clichéd characters’ ennui. My favorite scenes, in fact, are the ones where the most important dialogue is conveyed entirely by the subtext of the music.
Essentially, Carney didn’t make it too serious. I chuckled aloud more often than not, and most of it had to do with the acting. Continue reading “Begin Again” Review: Songs On Your Playlist