Begin Again: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
Begin Again: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

The Weinstein Company’s “Begin Again” is a drama, comedy movie written and directed by John Carney. It opens in U.S. theaters on July 4, 2014. It stars Mark Ruffalo (Dan Mulligan), Keira Knightley (Gretta), Adam Levine (Dave Kohl), Catherine Keener (Miriam), Hailee Steinfield (Violet), James Corden (Steve), Mos Def (Saul) and CeeLo Green. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Begin Again” synopsis and review.

“Begin Again” Synopsis:


Dan Mulligan was a music veteran who got kicked out from the record label he built because he could not bring in a bankable talent for years. He was already separated from his wife, Miriam, and they shared a daughter named Violet.

Gretta and Dave had been together for five years, until fame took Dave away from Gretta. While singing her heart out in a pub, Dan heard her. Dan soon approached Gretta into making her famous. Gretta told him that she was not interested, that she wrote songs/music for pleasure.

The next thing happened was Dan courting Gretta in a professional way. Slowly, Gretta started to believe and trust Dan.

“Begin Again” Review:

As of this writing, the top critics from Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a 60%, while 94% of the moviegoers would like to watch the film.

The Wrap’s Steve Pond wrote in his review about the film’s plot that can make a person feel good. He emphasized that it does not have to be a big movie, just a film crafted out of a simple story that was told with sensitivity and warmth.

“There are times when the thing you want most is not a big, important movie but a simple, beautiful story told with sensitivity, warmth, humor and a big heart. Times when you don’t need a movie to save your life, you just need a movie to make you feel good,” said Pond in The Wrap article.

Meanwhile, David Rooney of the Hollywood Reporter praised John Carney for exploring how music, through emotional ways, can bring people together.

“Returning to the territory of ‘Once’ with a name cast and less frugal production values, John Carney again explores the poignant ways in which music brings people together,” wrote Rooney in his review in Hollywood Reporter.


There you have it for the “Begin Again” synopsis and review. It opens in U.S. theaters on July 4, 2014. Stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news and updates about your favourite celebrities, movies and TV shows including episode recaps and spoilers, gossips and reviews.

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