With all the heavier dramas headlining next month's Tribeca Film Festival, it's fitting that a comedy will be the final film shown on closing night April 26th. BEGIN AGAIN, written and directed by John Carney (Once), unites a variety of talent consisting of Oscar nominees Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld with none other than Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Levine is a strange addition, considering as I think the only time I've seen him act is when he was in an intensely losing fight with a madman on American Horror Story: Asylum.
Judging by the film's synopsis, Levine's new role doesn't sound like it will be too much of a stretch for him, since he will play Dave, one half of a songwriting duo with Knightley, who stars as his steady girlfriend, Gretta. When his career takes off, he swiftly leaves Gretta behind. She and her guitar wind up catching the attention Ruffalo, a talent exec. More in the synopsis below:
From writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
Truthfully, this doesn't sound like much to me (plus, the whole coffee shop music scene Carney seems to love is so unappealing). But I am a fan of Knightley and Ruffalo and can only trust they chose this project wisely. What do you think about the news?