Can A Song Save Your Life? (Begin Again): Movie Review

Can A Song Save Your Life? It’s a rhetorical question that we all wonder at some point throughout our lives. Music is powerful, but does it hold the power to save you?

Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Catherine Keener star in this heart-warming story about an undiscovered young artist and a washed-up producer who find themselves brought together by music. Directed by John Carney this musical romance-drama is breathtakingly beautiful and a must see.

Greta (Keira Knightley) travels to New York with her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) after he scores a record deal at a major label. His new-found popularity tempts him to walk away from the dreams they once held together and causes a heartbroken Greta to get a one way ticket back to Britain. Greta’s best friend (James Cordon) drags her with him to an open mic night, jokingly worried that she might try to kill herself if he left her in the apartment alone. She has every intention of leaving the city in the morning but not before Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a indie record label executive comes into the picture by stumbling about Greta’s musical talent in a bar. Something about hearing her sing makes his music-producer brain start spinning as he imagines all the instruments that could be added to make the song a hit. The film then follows the pair as they embark on a journey to make an album together all while trying something that’s never been done before; recording every song live throughout different parts of New York City.

The music is without a doubt the best part of this film. Like an actual Broadway musical the lyrics in the songs actually help tell the story in a way words never could on their own.

With its catchy soft melodies, great cast and an ending that isn’t predictable in the obvious sense Can A Song Save Your Life takes you on ride that you won’t want to step off.


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