Song Analysis # Keira Knightley – A Step You Can’t Take Back | Music in Notes
Begin Again is a American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John . The song "Lost Stars" was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Broadcast Film Critics. Reel Relationships: Begin Again – Did Gretta See Dave's Betrayal Coming? . He's a budding rock star, and they come to New York so he can record he doesn't know where this affair is going, but wants to see it to the end. BEGIN AGAIN is produced and financed by Exclusive Media and produced by BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Toronto Star Once, who depicts once again a warm, platonic relationship born from the mutual love I liked the ending.
Meeting by chance, Dan and Gretta decide to make music together. The subplot, however, is about Dan and Gretta dealing with the pain of being betrayed by their respective mates, and deciding how to move forward through the heartache. Naturally Frank and I, being who we are, are focusing on the relationship issues rather than the music.
After a couple of weeks, he takes a short trip to L.
Remember that pivotal scene where he returns? The very first thing he does is play her a new love song. She leaves him and stays with a friend. Anything can happen in life, but we find some parts more believable than others. It could be, as too many of us have discovered. Couples in relationships have conflicts that may not get resolved and needs that may not be met.
One evening, after a particularly shitty day, Dan goes to a bar to get drunk. As he is drinking he hears a song. A song sang by a girl named Gretta Keira Knightley on the stage.
Immediately Dan wants to sing Gretta up.
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But as things don't go as they planned, the two decide to record a live album in different locations in NYC. As they do that, they start getting closer to each other and finding something that they didn't have in their lives in a long time - joy.
I've never seen Once, John Carney's previous picture. I'm so crushed by Begin Again's ending, having heard Once follows somewhat similar structure I'm not sure I'm ever going to see it. But other than the end the film is exceptionally lovely - it's such a tribute to the love for music, New York City and the idea that no matter how fucked up things get, you can always start again. I have a lot of respect for Keira Knightley.
I may not always like her performances - she was just all kinds of wrong in Anna Karenina - but this girl chooses great roles in so many different things and she always brings so much loveliness to them. Even if the movies she's in don't always work, it's never her fault. As Gretta Knightley is very, very good - she is sweet, friendly, charming but there's also a certain degree of immaturity to her - just the right amount to fit the script.
She is also strong and very relatable and Knightley plays her with such effortless grace.
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She has a lovely singing voice and while I didn't find any of her songs that memorable, it was a joy to listen to while watching the movie. If there was any justice, Mark Ruffalo would get nominated next January at Golden Globes for his performance here.
It's just such a wonderful mix of drama and comedy - we feel for Dan while he is making an ass of himself in front of his daughter and whenever things go badly for him. But Ruffalo is also so effortlessly funny - like when he jokingly coughs after Gretta puts his asshole of a business partner in his place or when he furiously throws CDs with shit music out of his car.
When the album is finished, Dan and Gretta meet again with Saul, who is very impressed with their collaboration. Gretta demands that Saul give Dan his job back and give her a bigger share in the deal. They leave without reaching an agreement, but Dan feels confident that Saul will eventually sign Gretta to the label. Later, after receiving a text message from Dave reminding her of his concert and much consideration, Gretta arrives at the venue just in time to watch Dave play her original arrangement of the song, but as she watches him play and sees the reaction of the crowd to the song and how Dave responds to the fans' adoration by slipping into singing the commercialized arrangement of the song, she realizes that he is a lost cause.
Gretta then leaves the concert and cycles through the city with newfound closure and a dawning smile on her face. Afterwards, Gretta visits Dan at his apartment as he prepares to move back home, having made amends with his wife. Although Dan returns to work with Saul, he agrees to let Gretta release the album online and helps her to promote the release.
The next day, Saul jokingly fires Dan for promoting Gretta's album and informs him that it sold 10, copies in its first day of release. Director John Carney conceived the premise for Begin Again several years before he began to write the screenplay in