Begin Again - film review

Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and James Corden star in this sentimental urban fairy tale

Pets need to be very loveable to lick you all over the face without resistance or demur. I wanted to say “Stop!” in early scenes of Begin Again, which positively slather their charm. Keira Knightley sings sad songs in a no-makeup waif look. Mark Ruffalo plays the adorably tousled, dressed-to-the-zeros record producer who “befriends” her. They put together an album of open-air recordings, with James Corden, Keira’s street busker pal, helping and with New York (so good they don’t need to name it once) providing the perfect backdrop, a hipster’s urban paradise. The film is a fairy tale: sentimental but enjoyable if you put a few protective fingers in front of your face to avoid being slurped to death.

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