How often do you find the right person?
The Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. The Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night.
You ever listen to a song so beautiful and amazing that it just causes you to break down and cry?
Once has a lot of those songs.
When it comes to the perfect blend of film and song, you have to find the perfect balance between the two. One of the reasons last year's Les Miserables was so exhausting was because the music came at a constant flow. The songs normally have to be original (Moulin Rouge, my favorite musical, is the exception) because hearing rock songs we know and love isn't as touching when sung by a cover artist. But the last, and most important, key to making a great musical is making sure the songs fit into the story and movie in organic way. Usually, when somebody randomly breaks out in song in the middle of a pivotal scene, many people find it takes them…
A recommendation by SilentJoe. Having read his review I was expecting something over the top. But sadly It wasn't so.
I started watching it, and I couldn't really get involved in it till almost half way through. The camera work kept distracting me. But oddly enough once I got into it, the camera work made the whole movie seem more realistic. It feels so real that it actually touches you.
Great songs with amazing lyrics would be an understatement. It didn't make me cry but they were emotional.
What more ? There is no love story Clichés. Makes all the more worth watching.
I feel shitty right now because I'm pretty sure I just heard the most beautiful songs that I will ever hear and no music will ever compare.
I am not a music person. I mean, yeah, I love listening to music, but I know nothing about music history or composition or theory or whatever. I play a little piano, but the only songs I know are from movie soundtracks. I listen to maybe four musicians regularly and disregard the rest. But...fuck. ONCE made me want to be a music person. It made me want to go out there and record some kick-ass songs. It made me want to pour my heart and soul into my craft, be it music or…
This is what a musical should be like. This film conveys the entire story through songs which are really heartfelt and soulful. This is a unique, once in a lifetime film with once in a lifetime songs.
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Movie #7 - Once (Ireland)
Once is in a long line of movies that I have been wanting to watch for a long time but I just couldn't and when I do, they make me regret not seeing them. I can't believe how lovely this movie is, its charm lies in its simplicity not in its grand statements or show stopping tunes. Once as you all know is an Irish movie, an indie musical with a simple "boy meets girl" story that touches, breaks and then impresses you like nothing else. This is not a masterpiece and neither is it a filmmaking spectacle but this movie reaches and effects the places inside you…
I asked my friend Joal who is a full time folk musician if he had seen this film. After excitedly exclaiming how this was his favourite movie, he told me that it was only after his dad saw this film that his dad understood what Joal was doing as a full-time musician.
I loved it for it's honest, off the cuff story that seems like a page from a greater story, content to leave endings unanswered. I was immediately drawn-in by the opening seen, so accurately capturing the craziness of anything done on a city street. And I appreciated that the love between the characters captured inspired them not to consume each other, but to return to heal the broken relationships they previously loved.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova give wonderful performances and made me fall in love, much as they do. "Once" is a touching story about a struggling musician and a struggling mother working odd jobs to pay the bills, and their whirlwind week writing music together. The performances were amazing, the music touching, and the story slightly heartbreaking.
This story is definitely more believable and realistic than many others seen recently, and that is much appreciated. The cinematography is brilliant, splicing in montages to cover elapsing time beautifully. "Once" is definitely recommended to anyone looking for a realistic love story.
Film 6 out of 100
O is for Once
I had an interesting relationship with this film before I even put it in my DVD player. I remember back in 2007 I was so mad at this film. It had beaten "Enchanted" at the Oscars for Best Original Song. ("Enchanted" being a Disney film I adore) So that was one reason why I put it off. Another reason was I remember the glut of musical films coming out around the same time: "August Rush" and "Across the Universe" are the ones that come to mind. So I decided to see none of them at the theatre. And now here we are in 2013 and I have now seen all of…
It's like the irish version of 'Music & lyrics' but with a sad but real ending.
So intimate, so wonderful -- a line of poetry, from a completely different movie comes to mind: Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands -- that whole story from Hannah and Her Sisters has a lot in common with what this is about.
This is also one of the better scores for a musical since South Park.
Loved everything about it other than the distracting camera movements early on in the film.
Rewatching Once is like slipping into your favorite pair of old sweats. I've only seen the film once before back when it came out, but I didn't realize quite what an impression it made on me. I somehow simultaneously recalled and rediscovered each scene. And there are so many great ones. The film just feels right. It's a pure and great movie experience.
A film that's hardly a film, more like an album. 75% music and 25% story, this film didn't draw me in at all, and had somewhat obnoxious music the entire time. The first song sung was alright, then it just went downhill.