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Begin Again (2013) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 12

I re-watched this film, and I fell even more in love with it than I was before. This is a film for creative, artistic people. It’s so relatable, seeing the struggles of trying to gain notoriety and get your work out into the world. The story follows Greta (Keira Knightley), who has just been dumped by her famous boyfriend Dave Kohl (Adam Levine). She’s about to head back home to England when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a down and out A & R rep, discovers her signing in a bar. He’s convinced she’s the next big star, and they set out to create an album, using New York City and all of its sounds to make a unique record.

The acting is spot-on. I adored Keira Knightley as Greta, and saw myself in her. Adam Levine played the perfect sweet boyfriend turned sudden popstar who lets fame go to his head. You sympathize with Mark Ruffalo’s Dan, and James Corden and Hailee Steinfeld give humorous, touching supporting performances.

The music is incredible, as is usual with a John Carney film. You’ll be humming these songs after watching the film (especially “Lost Stars”).

The film looks great, and I love how New York is captured. Showing both the beauty and grime of the city, it perfectly juxtaposes glamour and reality. The story is a typical follow your dreams tale, but the acting and soundtrack really make Begin Again a special treat.

Verdict: 4/5

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