This was so far my favorite movie of the year. There were so many things about it that did not suck. Although it was a musical, the characters did not break into song just for the hell of it. The songs were meaningful, emotional, and fit a purpose for the scene. Glen Hansard played “the guy”, a vacuum salesmen, and Marketa Irglova played “the girl”, a…well…girl. No I didn’t forget their names. They didn’t have names. Actually, the fact that the two main characters were not given names is kind of cool because it really doesn’t matter. Who remembers names? Not me. However, I remember stories (when I’m sober) and everyone has a story. The story of “the guy” and “girl” occurs over the course of a week as they meet and bond through the music they write, perform, and record. At times I forgot I was watching a movie. It felt more like I was eavesdropping on someone’s life. After seeing the movie I immediately went home and downloaded the soundtrack. Watching the movie made me feel like I was a witness to the character’s creative process and listening to the soundtrack made me feel like I was hearing the finished product. Did I mention how much I liked this movie?
I'd definitely see this movie more the Once. Rock me!