Begin Again

Reviewed by Mark Leonard

Am I going a bit soft? Do I sometimes get sucked into the sentimentality? I guess to some level on that last one, because most everything about John Carney’s “Begin Again” signals me that I should despise it. But instead, I was utterly charmed. Carney, of course, had an ultra low-budget success story with 2007’s “Once”. That film won the Oscar for Best Original Song, which saw the adorable co-winner, Marketa Irglova charm everyone with her “two-tiered” acceptance speech. But is writer/director Carney a one-trick pony with this 2nd film about putting an album together? I guess no more than Quentin Tarantino is–and he’s been called it more than one time (it is NOT, an assessment I agree with, btw).

There are some other factors that save “Begin Again”, however, and it involves both of our principal actors. One is the indispensable Mark Ruffalo as Dan, the burnt-out, alcoholic, music…

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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