The second trailer for Begin Again, from director John Carney (Zonad), focuses more on the musical aspect of the film than its romantic plot between Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Keira Knightley (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Though there are notably fewer scenes in the UK trailer – check out the first trailer for comparison – viewers will be treated to a more comprehensive look into of the film’s soundtrack.
As Carney’s second foray into romantic musical films, Begin Again will be tasked with living up to Once, a film that earned Carney his directorial credibility and an Oscar for Best Original Song. In Begin Again, Carney swaps out a cast of unknowns for a lineup filled with Academy Award nominees, trades Dublin for New York City, and attempts some more movie musical magic.
The UK trailer for Begin Again follows much of the same introduction to its leads: Dan (Ruffalo) is an ex-record producer down on his luck and Greta (Knightley) is an ex-rock star girlfriend venturing out on her own musical career. Inspired by Greta’s talent during an open-mic night, Dan hatches a fresh idea of how to launch her career while bringing new life to his own. The pair set off to record an entirely live album in different locations around New York City.
Although it’s clear from both versions of the trailer that viewers are in for a romantic musical drama, the UK variant gives more emphasis to the music and a bit less to the finer plot points of the film. If fans of Once were wondering how Begin Again’s soundtrack would stack up to its Academy Award-winning predecessor, the UK trailer will provide more insight – and perhaps give hope that it will stack up just fine.
Begin Again may not have the unassuming authenticity of Once, but it does have a laundry list of recognizable names that have found fame in film and music: Hailee Steinfeld (3 Days to Kill), Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips), James Corden (Into the Woods), Adam Levine (American Horror Story), CeeLo Green (Hotel Transylvania), and Mos Def (Dexter).
Whether Ruffalo and Knightly, accompanied by their co-stars, will be able to display a similar honesty in Begin Again and strike a chord with audiences, has yet to be seen.
Begin Again will hit U.S. theaters on July 4th, 2014 and U.K. theaters on July 11th, 2014.
Source: Entertainment One UK