From Anna Karenina to uplifting melodies: Revisiting Keira Knightley's 'Begin Again' era!

    Throwing it back to 2014 when Keira Knightley took a turn from somber roles to embrace hope in the uplifting film, 'Begin Again' alongside Mark Ruffalo.

    <p>Keira Knightley</p>

    Keira Knightley

    The clapperboard claps, the reel spins, and suddenly, the theaters are brimming with heart-wrenching tales starring Keira Knightley. Remember that era? From facing train calamities in "Anna Karenina" to battling existential horrors in "Never Let Me Go", Knightley was the epitome of cinematic gloom. But there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and it shined brightly in the streets of New York.

    From tragedy to tunes: Knightley's refreshing pivot

    It wasn't merely a film choice; it was Knightley's escape from the on-screen shadows. The Oscar-nominated actress, weary of her depressive roles, yearned for a project filled with hope and a promise that she wouldn't meet a morose end. Enter "Begin Again". Speaking to Variety, Knightley had shared, "It had all been very, very dark with very little hope and I wanted to find something with hope in it where I didn’t die in the end."

    "Begin Again" was more than just a romantic comedy; it was a beacon of optimism. It represented rebounding from personal setbacks, manifesting dreams, and harnessing the spirit of New York City. Knightley's character's raw passion for music intertwined perfectly with Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of a washed-out record producer. The juxtaposition of their characters—Knightley, the cinematic representation of elegance, and Ruffalo, the very image of down-on-luck grit—was a captivating watch.

    Begin Again

    Director John Carney took inspiration from classics, seeing their chemistry as something "a little bit ‘Guys and Dolls’-ish." Their dynamic did indeed remind audiences of the iconic pairings of yesteryears, like Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.

    'Begin Again': a title, a phenomenon

    After its successful debut at the Toronto Film Festival, "Begin Again" attracted several suitors before the Weinstein Co. sealed the deal. Harvey Weinstein, the studio’s chief, was smitten with the film's beautiful capture of New York City. Yet, the film underwent a title transformation from its original "Can a Song Save Your Life?". A fitting change, given its theme of starting afresh, despite some initial reservations.

    Fast forward to the New York premiere, where stars graced the red carpet, sweltering under the summer heat. The witty James Corden humorously noted the swelter, but it was Knightley who, unsurprisingly, shone the brightest.

    Nine years later, the film continues to be a testament to Knightley's versatility and the timeless message that, no matter how dark the night, there's always a new dawn waiting.

    (Several parts of the text in this article, including the title, were generated with the help of an AI tool.)