“Begin Again” comes from Writer-director John Carney who was responsible for the 2006 film “Once”, now a massive London west end theatre hit. Begin Again
takes the same premise as Once, two people that have lost love but manage to connect through music, but moves the story from Dublin to New York.
The story starts as Greta (Keira Knightley) is reluctantly forced up onto the stage at an
open-mic event and sings one of her self penned songs. Luckily for her sitting in the bar is Dan (Mark Ruffalo) a record producer who is down on his luck
after just being fired by the record label that he created. Hearing things that others can't, in his mind an orchestra is added to her solo guitar
performance, he try's to sign her there and then in the bar. However like Dan who is separated from his wife (Catherine Keener) Greta is on a downward
spiral having recently separated from her long time lover and writing companion Dave (Maroon 5's Adam Levine).
Dan eventually convinces Greta to record an album with him, the gimmick being that they’ll record it on location in various spots around the city. Knightly
is at he best here and she can certainly sing. “Begin Again” is certainly cheesy, just watch as the couple walk around New York listening to a collection
of tracks that Greta has on her iphone, however it has enough heart and great music to make it one of the feel good films of the summer and certainly one
not to be missed.