Directed by: John Carney
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine
Running Time: 1 hr 44 min
A reluctant singer is forced up on stage and sing own written ballad. Club crowd is moderately amused. But a man is alert and his face gets a heroic. It is the first meeting between singer-songwriter Gretta (Keira Knightley), who has just been abandoned by her boyfriend also singing, and the music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo), who has just lost his job. He more or less living in his vintage Jaguar, the only thing he has left from the glory days. In the film's best scene arranges Dan Grettas song with different instruments and give it some lift in his imagination as it lacks with just guitar.
Should the two against all odds to find a new career together? Dan is a good idea and so they scrape together a band and get started. The producers behind the film have been smart enough to not let it become a love story between Gretta and Dan. Gretta still misses her ex-boyfriend, and Dan has a wife and daughter. Their relationship must remain a working relationship, but is not completely without erotic vibes when they listen to their favorite songs together.
It starts promising but as you understand that this is a film that wants everyone to be friends. No one is stupid. Not even Grettas former boyfriend who betrayed her or Dance record label boss who fired him. It also makes the air goes out of the film after half the distance. The same kind that well-meaning songs in the film, written by Gregg Alexander, hands unfortunately not to keep it interesting.
Instead, see Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis ", a much edgier film about the music club scene in New York in the 60s.