April 19, 2010

Once (John Carney, 2006)


WHAT IT IS: An aspiring English songwriter meets a young singer who sparks his desire and ambition.

HOW IT IS: There has been a lot of press on how cheap this movie was to make and how much profit and praise it has garnered. It is true that aesthetically, this movie seems amateurish, with almost no photography crafting, camera skill or direction. The music, especially its lyrics, wants at times to be edgy and personal but consistently fails to deliver. The interesting concept, a music performance-based movie, could have eventually compensated for the film's technical shortcomings if it had been executed with much more vision. One can think of Terence Davies' Distant Voices, Still Lives which succeeds in combining music and film in a singularly poetic union. In comparison, Once slowly meanders away from our interest and soon falls short of any relevance.

IF YOU LIKED: Duets.

INFO: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0907657/