Begin Again

Begin Again

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DVD - 2014
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When a young female singer moves to New York City in hopes of breaking into show business, she falls for an executive at a record company who helps her in her endeavors.
Publisher: [Toronto] : eOne : Distributed in Canada by Entertainment One, [2014]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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BookReviewer2015 Dec 21, 2014

A great uplifting film!

Mark Ruffalo puts in a great performance!


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mckeett
Sep 27, 2017

Predictable but pleasant. Ms. Knightley has a nice smile but ......

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CarlaArtist
Mar 30, 2017

Fantastic movie, everything about it impeccable. Best I've seen in years. So many layers of meaning. Too bad so many people missed it and gave it such a crummy review, I don't get it.

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miaone
Mar 09, 2017

I couldn't stand any of the main characters, or the music, or the so-called story. The film is dreadful, idiotic, pathetic.

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BridgettM
Nov 28, 2016

With Begin Again, writer/director John Carney attempted to recreate the magic of his masterpiece, Once. The result isn't terrible. Ultimately this film does not work nearly as well as Once, but it has its moments, pretty good music and James Corden in a supporting role. If you haven't seen Once yet, I recommend checking out that movie instead. Sing Street, Carney's film after Begin Again, is also music-focused and a more enjoyable movie than this one. Begin Again may also be streamed through the OverDrive online resource available through Hennepin County Library. The movie is rated R for language.

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gingin1972
Nov 28, 2016

Boring crap don't waste your time!!

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Daveinportland
Oct 16, 2016

I just could not get into it. Might be a better film for more artistic people, but who knows. Just seemed 'blah.'

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Curiouskind
Oct 15, 2016

I liked this film. You get a inside look at the music industry from people who have lived it, breathed it, and did all kinds of things with it, like Adam Levine, who you may be more familiar with as the lead vocals for the group Maroon 5. There's talent all over the place in this film, but it's the singing and songwriting that add a special something to this film. I never would have guessed tunes like that would come out of Keira Knightly as Gretta, but it did, and it did so beautifully: And you have broken every single rule/And I have loved you like a fool. And Adam Levine as Dave, especially with his signature falsettos, along with the songwriting, in which the composition complements, well, they can just about tell stories on their own. The storyline is fractured in some parts, but I think I like it like that, and the making of Gretta's demo adds artistry and imagination...

Things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do
Sunday morning rain is falling and I'm calling out to you
Singing, someday it'll bring me back to you
Find a way to bring myself back home to you

That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see

There is a flower in your hair

Oh, yeah, yeah...

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modestgoddess
Jun 25, 2016

If you treat this more as an extended music video and less as a movie, you'll probably enjoy it. We loved the music in it and Keira Knightley turns out to be a pretty good singer - loved the concept for the album, too. The rest of it was a bit meh. Worth it for the music? Probably.

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tenet
Jun 12, 2016

Rated 1/10. Not time well spent watching this mess of a movie. Terrible story and performances by all.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Some director strike magic with a film and hope to repeat it in future films. There's no denying that Begin Again is an attempt to recapture some of the awe of the director's earlier film, Once, but it largely fails. Once was a film of largely unknown musicians making a movie about music; Begin Again is a film of established actors and so-called musicians making a movie with music. There's a big difference. Begin Again fails if compared to Once, but on its own, it certainly has some merit. I thought the acting was good and the script was interesting enough to keep me going. Like Once, I like how the romance is handled, steering away from cliches that we've come to expect from anything out of Hollywood. Overall, Begin Again is a good film, but nothing magical. Magic sometimes only comes around Once.

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jimg2000
Jan 13, 2015

Four good romantic songs in the extra:
1.Adam Levine - Lost Stars rock version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyT-oGDnMqE
2. Keira Knightley - Lost Stars folksy version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTRSakuugs
3. Keira Knightley - Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home (see Video tab)
4. Keira Knightley - Like A Fool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk5GvfIZG-g

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