Begin Again (2014)Spirited "music movie" that succeeds equally on the strength of the… More Spirited "music movie" that succeeds equally on the strength of the songs and the performances. A movie takes a big risk featuring this amount of of original music and most of it is very good. I thought Keira Knightley did one of the best jobs of lipsynching I have ever seen, and afterwards I found there is a very good reason - she actually does all her own singing! She sounds just like Angie Hart of the bands Frente! and Splendid whom I was convinced had provided her vocals until the credits proved me wrong. The music style is also similar, so if you want to hear more you should definitely check those bands out, especially Frente! I don't like Adam Lavine's boring band Train or his castrado crooning but his airtime here isn't excessive and his acting is adequate as Keira's boyfriend who leaves her behind as he shoots to stardom. Mark Ruffalo is a dead ringer for Wayne Coyne if they ever make a biopic about the Flaming Lips, but here he plays a passionate, irascible producer down on his luck who hears magic in Keira's music at a dingy coffeehouse. The best moment shows him imagining the invisible added instrumentation of piano, drums, and strings while she softly plays a song on her acoustic. 'Begin Again' isn't a very good title but it is very good at understanding the purpose and necessity of music in our lives.
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