Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green and Catherine Keener
Rating: 3.5 stars
Dan (Ruffalo) is a struggling music-business executive who’s life is heading down in just in the matter of a day. He’s out of a job, his drinking is getting worse, he looks in bad shape, and the relationship with his daughter is on the rocks. On this day, he walks into a bar holding an open mic night, and by chance, listens to a singer-songwriter named Greta (Knightley) new to Manhattan who sounds great to him. After her quick gig is up, he approaches her, they talk, and they soon spark a collaboration between two talents to create an album. This drama is very likable. There’s a nice story that is easy to follow and fun to watch. There are all kinds of emotions felt between the characters that even impact the audience. The cast assembled is perfect, with Ruffalo and Knightley making a lovely duo. The music featured in this film is great as well, with songs played by Knightley and Levine. Surprisingly, Knightley’s singing voice is very good, and is nice to listen to. New York is captured beautifully, with the characters recording their fantastic works of music in all different parts of the city. I have absolutely no complaints about this film. It is very enjoyable to watch, and the characters have such an attachment to viewer, that the viewer doesn’t want to see it end. This is one of the most enjoyable films released this year, and everyone must see this wonderful film.