Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Begin Again: A Delightful Movie (but Keira Can't Sing)

Keira Knightley: Actress, yes; singer, no.
Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley, who is married to a professional musician, said this about signing and playing a guitar in the swell new movie "Begin Again":

"The whole thing was out of my comfort zone... I’m not a singer and I didn’t know how to do it."

She is not a singer. Agreed. She is an actress and good enough at romantic comedy (even musical romantic comedy) to carry her end of the bargain with Mark Rufolo (whom I'd watch reading the phone book) holding up his end in a delightful movie.

This one has heart-warming moments that almost brought me to tears several times (and I'm a tough sell, unless we're talking "Old Yeller"; I blubber out loud every time that damn dog gets shot) and both Rofolo and Knightley were believeable as a couple of people the music industry has (unwisely) discarded.

As a writer who watches constantly while the publishing industry screws over my colleagues, it was warming to see a couple of music insiders turn the screws around on the industry in this lovely re-imagining.

The movie is playing at the Grandin Theatre and is likely leaving Friday, so go see if it you haven't already. It's worth the time and the moolah. Even if poor Keira can't sing a lick. And she can't. I promise.

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