Coming soon to a cinema near you: Begin Again and Wish I Was Here

I love Mark Ruffalo. No, I adore him. And I’ll literally watch him in anything – even In the Cut! So when I heard that he was doing a film with the writer/director of Once, my heart practically leapt! Then I saw the trailer and was bitterly disappointed.

Strike one: Cliched and formulaic, Begin Again (formerly known as Can A Song Change Your Life?) looks to me like another film where an older man falls for a young Manic Pixie Dream Girl, looking for her to complete him and solve all of life’s problems.

Strike two: It stars Keira Knightley. Back in her Bend it Like Beckham days, I actually really liked her, but now I like her films in spite of her appearing in them – Atonement, Never Let Me Go, Seeking A Friend for the End of the World. Rumour has it Scarlett Johansson was originally cast in the leading role. Now that I could have handled, despite the still 10+ years age gap.

Strike three: Music and musicians feature strongly but Keira doesn’t sing (I’m guessing from the trailer. IMDB wasn’t very helpful at confirming or denying this). Why not cast a talented actress who can actually sing?!

begin again film poster

I loved Once. It is one of my favourite films and it warms my cockles every time I see it. I’ll likely give this a go because of The Ruff (you call him that too, right?) but I’m not going to get my hopes up. Who knows, I might be pleasantly surprised.

I am, however, looking forward to Wish I was Here, Zach Braff’s second directorial effort and the fruits of his Kickstarter triumph. If you liked Garden State, chances are you’ll love this. Check out the soundtrack for a start!

I’m also pretty chuffed with the cast – J.D, and Turk together again, the hugely under-rated Kate Hudson in a non-rom-com leading role (although I doubt she’ll ever better her Almost Famous debut), Jim Parsons and the late James Avery (aka Uncle Phil). Sounds like a winner to me! Which is odd considering it’s basically about a guy who homeschools his kids. I’m in though. And, of course, it has a cool poster! Damn this indie king! He’s so cool it hurts!

wish i was here film poster

How about you? Excited to see either of these films? Begin Again will be released in the UK on 11 July and Wish I Was Here on 19 September. I reckon it’ll be worth the wait.

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