Begin Again (15)

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Tue Jul 8

Avoid this film like E coli if your instinctive reaction to all things infectiously sweet and sincere is spontaneous toe curling. The director is John Carney, who made the scruffy-gorgeous musical ‘Once’ for pennies on the streets of Dublin. Here he repeats the formula with proper money and stars. Keira Knightley is Greta, an English songwriter in New York who’s just been dumped by her rock-star boyfriend (we know something’s up when he starts growing twattish facial hair). Greta is singing a wrist-slitty break-up song at an open-mic night when she’s spotted by Dan, a washed-up record producer out on a bender (Mark Ruffalo: arrest that man, he’s too charming). Together they make an album using the sounds of New York as a backdrop.

‘Begin Again’ in no way has the rough-around-the-edges ring of truth of ‘Once’ – or the brilliant songs. And Carney can’t meet a cliché without tippy-toeing very close to it. But what makes it special is that it’s not another romance about finding a man. It’s about finding your people, about being a bit lost in your twenties and not knowing who you are or what you want to be. And it’s got bucketfuls of charm. 

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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Duration:

104 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

John Carney

Screenwriter:

John Carney

Cast:

Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine

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Prince Charles Cinema

7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BP Show map/details

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    Prince Charles Cinema 7 Leicester Place
    London
    WC2H 7BP

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    • 13:30
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    • 18:40
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    Odeon Panton Street Panton St
    SW1Y 4DP

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    • 17:20
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    • 14:45
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Haymarket Cineworld

62-65 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RL Show map/details

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    Haymarket Cineworld 62-65 Haymarket
    London
    SW1Y 4RL

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    • 11:45
    • 14:00
    • 16:15
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Cineworld Fulham Road

142 Fulham Road, SW10 9QR Show map/details

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    Cineworld Fulham Road 142 Fulham Road
    SW10 9QR

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    • 13:45
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Cineworld West India Quay

11 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London, E14 4AN Show map/details

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    Cineworld West India Quay 11 Hertsmere Road
    West India Quay
    London
    E14 4AN

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Cineworld Wandsworth

Southside Wandsworth High St, London, SW18 7NR Show map/details

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    Cineworld Wandsworth Southside Wandsworth High St
    London
    SW18 7NR

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Hammersmith Cineworld

207 Kings Street, W6 9JT Show map/details

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    Hammersmith Cineworld 207 Kings Street
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The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Show map/details

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    The O2
    Cineworld At The O2, Greenwich Peninsula Square
    London
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    0871 200 2000

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    Tube: North Greenwich

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    1-3
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    Wembley
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    0871 200 2000

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    www.cineworld.co.uk

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    Rail: Wembley Stadium; Tube: Wembley Park

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    Cineworld Ilford I-Scene
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Popcorn Pig

I haven't seen "Once" so I can't make any comparison, but I just found this film really sweet and gently funny. Mark Ruffalo is eminently watchable and Keira Knightly matches him for charm and naturalness. There are echoes of 'Lost in Translation' in their relationship. I didn't think it dragged at all, I would have happily spent more time with these characters. The songs are very likeable too.

Nick A

Not a patch on "Once", and even after two bum-numbing hours it's hard to believe in Keira Knightly as a singer/songwriter.  There's very little humour and yet it's not very serious - it's just a bit of fluff.  Mark Ruffalo is good but needed a stronger script and better opposite lead.  Would not recommend - better to watch "Once" a second time!