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Begin Again

MV5BNjAxMTI4MTgzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTAwODEwMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, James Corden, CeeLo Green

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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Suddenly 30

MV5BMjA1MTI3ODEwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTA4NDUyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Mark Ruffalo

Thirteen year-old Jenna Rink wants to be grown up. She wants to be cool and escape the 13 year-old problems she is facing with her peers at school. She gets her wish and wakes up as a 30 year-old woman (Garner). She can do all the grown up things she wants to because she has everything a young girl could dream of wanting – she’s thirty and flirty and thriving!

But she’s not a nice person and her old friend Matt can attest to this. She wants to go back and make things right. She wants friends, a relationship, and for Matt not to marry some-one else!

Suddenly 30 (known as “13 going on 30” in other countries) is one of a number of films about changing bodies, or changing ages – body swap movies. These include Freaky Friday, Big, The Change-Up, and 17 Again and are  usually a lot of fun.

Garner is perfect for this role, she’s adorable and sexy. Judy Greer is terrific (she’s got to get a lead role soon surely!) in her usual support spot. This is a lovely rom com that is light and fluffy and easily watchable with tweens or teens.

Just Like Heaven

MV5BMTk0Njk2OTY2N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTAxNjAzMQ@@._V1_SX214_Reece Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo

Successful doctor, Elizabeth, has a car accident that puts her in hospital in a coma. Her family eventually have to rent out her apartment as her condition doesn’t change. David moves in to Elizabeth’s place, and is haunted and hounded by Elizabeth’s ghost. Neither of them know what’s going on, especially Elizabeth who can’t remember anything about herself.  Eventually David empathises with Elizabeth’s situation and helps her find out who she is.

It seems like an impossible script for a romantic ending to be possible – but this is Hollywood! – and the pair fall in love.

I quite like Reece Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo so don’t mind this movie. It’s fairly typical of the 2005 rom com style – two main actors taking care of most of the script and driving the narrative, the female always in the spotlight. One of the pair is usually controlling or crazy or not interested in relationships, or needs a calming influence – in this case it’s Elizabeth. So it’s fairly predictable, but the script is a little less so, and it’s a decent middle range rom com.