With his characteristic penchant for musical rom-coms, Irish filmmaker John Carney — who directed the award-winning “Once” (2007) — has reemerged with a new, musically-inspired film. “Begin Again” is all at once a musical and romantic comedy-drama, featuring a star cast of Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. The firm premiered in the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Mark Ruffalo stars as recently fired record executive Dan, who roams the streets of New York with nothing but a love of music. One day, he stumbles into Gretta (Keira Knightley), a singer who finds her own prospects dimming next to the rising star of her ex (Adam Levine). Dan and Gretta team up to form a makeshift band that records its songs in any open space in New York City, ranging from subway platforms to rickety paddle boats.
In its own way, “Begin Again” is the formative story of two lost New Yorkers saddled with not much but a fervent passion for music. However, with diverse side-characters ranging from ex-wives to sassy, teenage daughters, the film touches on a variety of themes to appeal to a wide audience. So far, critics have positively received “Begin Again,” and it has been lauded for its quiet brilliance and pleasant, soul-stirring plot line. The movie is set to release in US theaters this week, on June 27th.