Feel 30 years younger when you see BEGIN AGAIN– a beguiling romantic comedy that will remind you of what it was like to be in love, have your heart broken, and follow your dream, starring PEOPLE MAGAZINE’s sexiest man alive–Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, and the gorgeous Keira Knightley!
Here’s the story– Keira Knightley plays Gretta a singer-songwriter who heads to Manhattan with her singer-songwriter boyfriend Dave played by Adam Levine. Once there, his career takes off, hers doesn’t; but one night she meets a down-on-his-luck music biz exec Dan(Mark Ruffalo) and he hears something in the way she sings. Keira Knightley actually does her own singing and does it really well! She’s utterly convincing with considerable gamin charm. The tunes she writes (penned by Gregg Alexander /”ONCE”) are as lyrically beautiful as those on the soundtrack from the hit movie ONCE, also directed and written by Dubliner John Carney.
Adam Levine is a revelation here- who knew he could act? Admittedly, he doesn’t stray far from his comfort zone and puts the narcissism embedded in those sleek good looks to good use; he also sings like a dream in the film’s climactic scene. CeeLo Green– Levine’s TV judge and co-star on THE VOICE– also puts in an appearance here as a big star record mogul, as does hip hop artist Mos Def as Dan’s partner/boss. Talented up-and-comer Hailee Steinfeld whom you may remember from the TRUE GRIT remake, brings more grit, intelligence, and tenderness to her role as Dan’s estranged teen daughter Violet. And Mark Ruffalo? What can’t this actor do–his performance here as a man with buried heartache, simmering anger, a drinking problem, and a soft spot for family and true talent is thing of beauty. The performances and the soundtrack carry BEGIN AGAIN past the dramatic flats and you’ll waft out into the dark on the trail of Adam Levine’s aching falsetto on “LOST STARS.”