I had an aching desire to be anywhere but at my apartment today, so I bought myself a ticket to see Begin Again, starring Mark Ruffalo, Kiera Knightly and Adam Levine. Because I love music (and Adam Levine).
For starters, I should admit that I am writing this review while going through the kind of emotional state that, well, that songs are written about. So maybe this is exactly the state I should be in to review this movie, which pulled me out of my tears and had me laughing, smiling, rooting for endearing characters and escaping in music for 104 minutes.
Begin Again is a delightful film in its entirety. Keira Knightly is a scorned lover and Mark Ruffalo is drunk (also a music producer) and they decide that making an album of her folksy, indie, singer-songwriter, sometimes love scorned music all over the city (in leu of a studio), complete with the city as its background noise is the best idea that can be had. It is.
There’s not a whole lot to this film. It’s predictable and simple but it’s those characteristics along with the accompaniment of its soundtrack, great acting and its catering to music fans of the digital, freeloading age (which I am) that make it wonderful. Because really, it’s wonderful.
Adam Levine totally pulls off acting and I don’t even care if it’s because he is only playing a slightly less (and only slightly less) slutty version of his real-life self. He pulls it off, dirty hipster beard and all. All singers-turn-actors should start by playing what they know and then doing half of the soundtrack. Because god damn can Adam Levine sing a catchy tune.
I spent the entire movie smiling giddily in my darkened seat and then worried that I would get home and listen to the soundtrack and discover that it is actually mediocre at best. It’s not. Adam Levin’s voice is catchy and crooning and I love his songs like I love to move like Jagger, only I feel a little less guilty about loving these ones. They remind me of his amazing first Maroon 5 album before he discovered that he could so easily write every shallow radio dance hit ever and then did. I don’t blame him, but these songs are what I missed and I can’t stop listening to them on repeat.
Go see this movie. Love it and listen to the soundtrack and let its songs pull you out of whatever state you are in, because they will, especially Kiera Knightly’s songs. All of it is wonderful. It even pulled me out of my several month music blogging hiatus and there’s definitely something to be said for that . 🙂