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Begin Again

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Gretta and her boyfriend move to New York to launch Dave’s music career – he skyrockets to fame and leaves Gretta behind.

She meets Dan. He’s a music producer who’s founded an independent record label. They team up, put together a band, and record Gretta’s album – an outdoor album. Will Gretta’s own musical experience bring her back to Dave, or will she strike out on her own?

This film generally has a good vibe – that is if you don’t mind Keira Knightly, or the fantastical idea that songs can be recorded quite so easily and so quickly. Some film reviewers comment on the film’s realism – they’ve obviously never worked in the music industry!

Realism aside, I like the romance angle. I also think there are great performances throughout. It’s light, yet passionate. It’s fun, yet moving. This isn’t a stand out flick for me because there’s not quite enough comedic content, but it’s still a good movie and worth seeing.

 

 

 

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One Chance

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James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook

Paul has always sung opera, and has always been bullied for it. The opera that is his life “…a seemingly endless drama full of music and violence and romance and comedy”.

When Paul grows up he meets Jules, who understands him, and she becomes his biggest fan.

Paul’s operatic career has a few hiccups along the way. He goes from a car phone salesman in a small town in Wales, to a prestigious school in Venice, and back to Carphone Warehouse again. He suffers knock after knock until his spark is finally gone. Without confidence he can never sing in public.

But maybe Jules will give him the confidence he needs to take his gift and use it.

This is a beautiful movie and a gorgeous love story. It is one of those ‘rags to riches’ type films, much in the grain of Billy Elliot. The characters are likeable, and the story flows along at a smooth pace. It’s a divine film and definitely worth watching.