Can a song save your life?
A record exec, Dan (Mark Ruffalo) hasn't been having the best of times. He's just lost his job, he's an alcoholic. He's estranged from his wife and young daughter (Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld) when he's out drinking at a bar, he overhears a singer/songwriter playing at an open mic night. She's Greta (Keira Knightley) who is new to NYC and doesn't fall for Dan's immediate bullshit about signing her and making her change who she is. She's also fresh out of a break up with a rising start, Dave (Adam Levine, who surprisingly doesn't suck) Instead, they collaborate on an album together. They record live in various places throughout New York City, in hopes that Dan's former label mate will like her music and sign her right away.
I loved Dan and Greta's friendship. They don't fall in love and run away together. They help each other when they both needed it the most. That felt really unique compared to so many other things out there today. It's nice to see two leads not turn into a romance. They definitely had a few "will they, won't they" moments, but it isn't important.
Director John Carney brought us a beautiful musical film, Once, back in 2006 and this film has a similar formula. Two compelling leads, beautiful music, and such a touching story. This was an absolute joy to experience.
Memorable Quote: "I wasn't trying to win you over, I was telling you to fuck off." - Greta (Keira Knightley)