Not quite as moving for me as Once, but another great film from Carney nonetheless. A great soundtrack and a number of spectacular moments - Dan hearing the instrumentation in his head, the group playing on the roof, etc. A true gem.
Despite its flaws and magnified sweetness, “Begin Again” assures precious moments of fun and provides us with captivating pop songs, enough material to recommend it and ignore its main slips. (3.5 stars)
Lightning fails to strike twice in this second music film from John Carney of 'Once' fame. The film falls as flat as it's tone deaf MOR soundtrack in the story of a down on his luck a&r man/producer and a young songwriter nursing a broken heart recording together and learning wonderful life lessons along the way. Yes its that bad. Not for a moment could I buy into anything going on here. 'Falling Down' indeed.
78/100 ~ GOOD. Carney’s Can a Song Save Your Life (2013) is heart-warming, and the interesting drama and plot development is complemented by a constantly appealing musical score and many funny moments.
This was a touching story. I love music, how it can delicately bring out emotions in the viewer. While the direction wasn't my absolute favorite, maybe that will change on a second viewing. This film is absolutely worth a watch. Music and film meeting are a beautiful thing.
Good music drama with some fine acting all around. The music is both heartfelt and well put forth. Ruffalo really shines and but Knightley feels a bit miscast to me. The direction is very good as is the writing. My only gripe is that director Carney basically apes his own movie Once, which was a million times better than this one. Still worth a look!
As someone who likes writing songs, I found this film adorable. Besides, it really captures the pain of a breakup in a subtle way, no wonder why I cried like a baby in the scene where she calls him and sings "Like a fool". Also, Keira Knightley's wardrobe is a 10/10.