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Friday, 17 October 2014

Film Review: Begin Again - John Carney

**** - 4 Stars
Begin Again... What can I say about this film? Begin Again, written and directed by John Carney is just the most perfect film you could ever watch when its the end of the world. This film, starring great actors and actresses such as Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine and Hailee Steinfeld is just brilliant.
It has the perfect mix of movie and music. As movie/musicals go, this is by far the best one I have ever seen. Don't get me wrong, I love all the classics such as The Sound Of Music, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, etc., in fact - the more cheesy, the better but in terms of modern movie/musicals, we've not had such good luck. We've been left with things like Disney's High School Musical trilogy and contemporary musical versions of things like Cinderella.
This, for me, however, is just so perfect. It highlights music that no one appreciates anymore because we are living in an industrialized music industry full of teen singers with no talent and nothing to say. The music industry has become so much about the fame and fortune that people are forgetting why we have music. This is a perfect reminder for us all and is so uplifting, you can't help but love it. If there was any musical I'd say you have to see before you die, its this one.
I love cinematography and visual arts and I also love music and how Carney combined these two things to make you see the world in a different way is just perfect. It makes you see the world the way it ought to be seen.
I invite you all now to grab your phone or your iPod or whatever else you use to listen to music and go outside for a walk. Just listen to the music and take the time to look around you at all the beautiful things going on. There is always something. But, there is one rule!! DO NOT USE YOUR PHONE TO TEXT, TAKE A CALL, TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH TO POST ON INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, SNAPCHAT OR EVEN MYSPACE!!! We rely too much on technology and we forget to appreciate that the world around us is absolutely beautiful and wonderful and amazing. So, take some time to just appreciate the little things in life. Also, I invite to watch this film because there is no way you cannot love it once you've watched it.
I love the cast, the music, just EVERYTHING about this film. 4/5 stars.