Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld
Director: John Carney
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
Comedy | Drama | Music | 2013
I remember watching this movie a while ago, and was reminded of it back when we watched Sing Street for this website. It’s very similar to that film since it’s the same director, however this one takes place in New York City and has many stars that I’ve actually heard of. Keira Knightley plays Gretta who has just gone through a break up with Dave (Adam Levine). She’s been called up on stage by her friend Steve (James Corden) and plays one of her songs.
This is where Dan (Mark Ruffalo) hears her play and wants to sign her to his label. Unfortunately, he has just been fired from his own label, so the two decide to make an album on the streets of New York City.
This film is full of comedic moments as the lives of Gretta and Dan intertwine. For the most part, Gretta helps Dan find himself again, to be a better father, and to get back on the horse with his career. Dan helps Gretta in the sense that she is beginning again after a break up with a long time boyfriend. Pouring herself into the music is just what she needed.
I loved all the music in this film, and thought the story was well thought out and well directed. I enjoyed seeing many stars in this film, including Cee Lo Green who is a close friend to Dan and overall helps them achieve their goal of making the album. I even loved the ending when they are trying to get the album published by the record label, and what happened while the credits were rolling.
I’m going to give this film a “Liked It” rating. This isn’t the first time I’ve watched it and I don’t think it will be the last. If you liked Sing Street, this movie is for you too, I recommend it. (4/5)
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