A few months ago I remember a barrage of commercials about a movie with a character called Dave Kohl (or did they say Dave Grohl?) starring Adam Levine and I thought to myself, Um, yes, I need to see that film so I can drool over Mr. Tat-Sleeve Levine and also, Is this a biopic about the Foo Fighters?
Before I could have my question answered or schedule a girls night out to the movies, it was, POOF, gone from the theaters.
So, I waited patiently and finally, last week, Begin Again starring Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine became available On Demand (and everywhere else).
First I can say that I loved it and no, it is not a film about Dave Grohl. I am a major fan of Mark Ruffalo and my affinity for him just grew three sizes like the Grinch’s pulsating heart after this film. He plays a boozy, washed-up music producer who is separated from his wife and barely hanging on to reality. His performance in this film is too legit to quit, and I wanted it to begin again, again and again. I predict we’ll be seeing his gorgeous mug during award season (hello, #OscarSmack!).
Keira Knightly is beautiful and lovely as usual, and, surprisingly, she can sing. Though her wardrobe left a lot to be desired, through no fault of her own, overall I found her to be charming and pretty much perfect for the role.
I was worried about Adam Levine’s acting chops, which turned out to be a good 3.5 degrees warmer than lukewarm. His performance isn’t Academy Award winning, but it’s also not as contrived and stiff as his crooner peer, and my ultimate crush in life, Justin Timberlake (JT, I love you but stick to singing, dancing and SNL skits). And? His knee-weakening falsetto does not disappoint.
For my fellow hip hop lovers out there, did I mention that Mos Def is in this film? In a small role, but still, yo, it’s Mos Def.
For a full review of the film, check out this spot on assessment on Roger Ebert.com.
While it may not be a contemplative, life-changing film, nor is it a sidesplittingly hilarious romp, BUT, it is beautifully brilliant in its simplicity and is completely engaging with enchanting performances and endearing musical performances. It’s a perfect cold weather, cuddle on the couch rental.