Synopsis: Abandoned alone in New York by her boyfriend, whose music career is taking off, Gretta (Keira Knightley) meets washed-up music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) who sees something special in her songs.
Stan's thoughts: The music in this is lovely. The film reminded me of Once. Initially I couldn't quite reconcile Keira Knightley's singing voice with her but apparently it is her own voice and not bad either. Naturally I bought the soundtrack - Maroon 5's Adam Levine plays her boyfriend and sings a few of tracks, a couple have quickly turned into earworms.
Mark Ruffalo is a favourite of mine and is always fun to watch even when his character is behaving like a cock and James Corden does a good James Corden turn as Gretta's fellow struggling musician friend.
Overall this is a lovely, gentle film which appealed to the hopeless romantic deep inside me. It twanged all the right chords and even more so when it didn't go quite where I expected. There is nothing offensive or challenging, the sort of film that just leaves a warm fuzzy glow and certainly one I'll be adding to my Sunday night DVD collection when it comes out.
- Stan’s 75%
- IMDB 78%
- Metascore 62%
- Rotten Tomatoes 82%
- RT Audience Rating* 87%
* Based on number of people who rated the film 3.5/5 and higher