Have you seen Begin Again starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo? If you haven’t, please, please set a date to watch it!
In the midst of superheroes, robots and mythical Gods that are so mainstream in the movie scene nowadays, it’s a welcome surprise to see something that can actually make you feel better after. Filled with light, funny, realistic moments, Begin Again is a perfect cure for a weary day. It’s a universal story anyone can relate to and get inspiration from.
Here are a number of things I find beautiful about this movie –
(1) It wasn’t built on grand gestures of candlelit dinners or high end dating, rather, small, intimate moments between people. Fairy tales come true in movies, but for most of us, life and love are usually a series of challenges more than success. It was good that the story highlighted the journey, not the destination. That a simple act, like sitting in a corner while listening to music together also has impact to the soul.
(2) Greta was betrayed and broken-hearted. A typical romantic-comedy would send her to find a new man who will complete and treat her better. Thankfully, this movie did not go that path. Greta handled her broken self with maturity while she used music to heal herself and find direction.
(3) Greta and Dan’s partnership shows that sometimes, the best relationships we can form don’t have to be romantic. We don’t even know which characters are supposed to end up together. But it’s comforting to know that these two changed each other, and those around them, for the better.
(4) There’s a wonderful scene where Greta and Dan are wandering the city at night, sharing playlists on two sets of headphones on a splitter, joyfully dancing to a beat different from everyone else in the disco. And then in the process, healing happens for both.
(5) The film is sensitive to know that being in someone’s life doesn’t simply end in a break up. It’s a process that requires wisdom to decide if it’s time to move on or if the relationship deserves a second chance. I don’t believe that anyone is capable of loving a person for so long, and then suddenly realizes that it doesn’t feel the same the next day. It happens gradually, not in an instant so I like that Greta took her time to feel it all out rather than force herself to fall in love again.
(5) Lastly, the songs were beautiful and heartfelt! I was surprised to know that Keira can definitely carry a pretty decent tune. And of course, we all love Adam Levine! :)