Wow, here comes a big glass of refreshment at the theaters this summer, the new music biz movie, Begin Again.
This is a small movie, that tells a small story, with big relevance, and complete sincerity. This is the story of two down-and-outers, at different phases of their lives, and how they can possibly rebuild their lives through their friendship and love of music.
Dan (Mark Ruffalo) was a once huge music mogul, who has fallen on hard times over the past few years. The business has passed him by, and he no longer seems to have the magic touch to find, produce and market up and coming talent. He is fired from his job, his wife Miriam (Katherine Keener) has left him and this teenage daughter Violet (Hailee Steinfeld) doesn't know him. He is on the verge of ending it all when he stumbles into a New York City bar and hears a young woman singing on Open Mic Night.
Her name is Gretta (Keira Knightley). She was just dumped by her now rock star boyfriend, Dave (Adam Levine). She is a songwriter herself, and has a fierce conviction that music should be substantive, and authentic. She meets Dan, and they form a quirky partnership to start making music together. But since neither one has any money, they come up with a great idea. Dan will record Gretta and her music on the streets of New York, with simple musicians, and all the ambiance that the street has to offer. Will the project make it? And is this the start of something big? And can each of them rebuild themselves?