Begin Again was a cheesy imitation of Coyote Ugly which was an ugly picture to begin with. The film stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine and revolves around Keira Knightley’s character Gretta getting into the music business after her boyfriend (Adam Levine) gets too big for his britches when he strikes it big.
Levine’s acting is left to be desired and feels like he’s reading from a script. Keira Knightley, who I usually really like gave a phone in performance and was like a crazy person who forgot to take their meds. as for her singing ability, or lack there of, she kept singing the same drivel over and over again with each song sounding the same. With her recent break-up what little music there was came off as a bad remix of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”. Mark Ruffalo is first introduced as a man down on his luck just being fired from his job as a music producer. He discovers Gretta and when approaching her his demeanor was that of a drunken homeless person and wasn’t sure why she pursued the meeting he presented. There was also the constant fear of Knightley and Ruffalo hooking up which would have been eww as he looked old enough to be her father.
Begin Again had a bad beginning, middle and end. It had all the potential to “go somewhere” but instead stayed put. In short, there was no Voice to the picture and no chairs turned around.