Once hit theaters and then home video back in 2007, it seemed a revelation: a low-keyed movie about music and a relationship that never pushed or manipulated but blossomed then grew into a stunning tale that climaxes with as moving and perfect a finale in all movie history. Yes, I know: that's quite a statement, but WTF, it's true! The film's writer/director, John Carney, made a couple of small films since then that never saw release over here. But now comes BEGIN AGAIN, a much bigger-budget movie that hit theaters this past summer via The Weinstein Company and comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week (with an early digital download window that began last week). And what do you know? Lightning has most definitely struck again.
Mark Ruffalo, below) and a novice singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley, above, at her loveliest and most persuasive, with a good singing voice, too) and lets them slowly find their way toward what they both want and need.
Adam Levine (below, right) makes his movie debut here, and he's not bad at all as Knightley's shallow boyfriend on the cusp of becoming a huge music star.
James Corden (below, right), who is even better as our babe's best friend by way of Blighty.
Catherine Keener and Haley Steinfeld (below, left) shine as, respectively, Ruffalo's ex-wife and daughter. One of the nice surprises Carney has in store along the way involves the marital history of this particular husband and wife