Starring: Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo
Written and Directed by: John Carney
John Carney does a great job of creating fully fleshed out characters that you can’t help but root for to succeed. Although a unique pairing, the chemistry between Ruffalo and Knightley is real, sweet, and honest. Adam Levine does his best to play the “bad” boyfriend, but a beard doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a singer first, lovable hunk second, and actor distant third. On the other hand, Knightley surprised me with her sweet coffee house singing voice and proved to be even more versatile performer. No big surprise the music and score are beautiful and engaging, and the way the songs are interweaved with the story is perfectly rhythmic. The entire story unfolds nicely even if it is somewhat predictable, but it’s definitely an enjoyable watch.