Begin Again – Keira Knightly’s debut singing career

Begin Again is a wonderful film that is sort of a cross between Once, and Lost In Translation. It stars Keira Knightly as Greta, a shy singer/songwriter. And guess what? Keira Knightly has a soft beautiful singing voice that is wonderful to hear. It is hard to believe that no one ever had her sing in a movie before. We give Begin Again one of our very rare Five Stars!  The Song Coming Up Roses is fantastic.

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly on a New York subway

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly on a New York subway

Mark Ruffalo is Dan,  a semi-alcoholic music producer whose personal life is a disaster. He sees Greta give a terrible performance at a New York bar, but immediately recognizes how great she could be with the right band and arrangements.

Keira Knightly, Hailee Steinfield and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again

Keira Knightly, Hailee Steinfield and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again

Greta and Dan begin a relationship similar to that of Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray in Lost  in  Translation. They are at different stages in the lives and each desperately needs a true friend  to talk to.

Dan and Greta love the City of New York, and decide to make an “outdoor album”, staging unauthorized quick mini-concerts throughout New York and filming them.

Hailee Steinfield who plays Violet in Begin Again

Hailee Steinfield who plays Violet in Begin Again

Hailee Steinfield is  fantastic as  Violet, Dan’s beautiful teenage daughter, who  is going though complications in her own life. ( Most people only recognize Hailee Steinfield as being part of Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad.)  Greta is able to show Dan how to reconnect with his daughter.  Cathleen Keener is Dan’s estranged wife Miriam. There relationship can only be described as “complicated”.

Cathleen Keener who plays Miriam in Begin Again

Cathleen Keener who plays Miriam in Begin Again

We highly recommend this film and want to download the soundtrack.

 

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