This sort of thing only happens once in a while
Directed by: John Carney
Written by: John Carney
Starring: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, Hugh Walsh.
Without much acting experience, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova prove to be infinitely more engaging to watch than your average Hollywood star. John Carney’s Once is a moving romantic musical that only relies on powerful onscreen presence and music in order to create drama that is both real and subtly powerful.
While Hansard’s character is used to being a lone busker in Dublin, his music finds new inspiration and potential when he meets Irglova’s character – someone who shares his love of music and whose upbeat personality lifts him out of routine. As the two learn more about each other and grow closer through their musical collaboration, they both find the strength to face personal issues at home and in love, making for a brighter future that is happier and more hopeful.
Despite all the performative merits of the film, I can’t say this movie is for everyone. For those who don’t particularly enjoy the kind of music played, or a slow-moving love story minus that Hollywood glaze, I would not recommend sitting through the long duets and handheld work of Once. In fact, if you are unsure – have a listen to the soundtrack and go from there. If you and Once have similar tastes in music, it could mean you’re movie-audience compatible.