Director: John Carney
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Cee Lo Green, Catherine Keener
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Rated: R (For language including sexual references)
“Begin Again” is the second film in a row he's directed about people who not only write music, but play, produce, and breathe music as well. Early on we hear a song performed by a young woman named Gretta (Kiera Knightley) in a bar. To our ears the song she sings in low key, soft, and doesn't really grab us in a way that makes us believe she will ever be anything more than a street performer at best. The movie then switches to music producer Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo), who is in the bar because earlier that day he was fired from the record company he formed. When he hears the song he looks at the instruments on stage and imagines them playing. All of a sudden this unimpressive song sounds beautiful to us and we don't want it to end.