I blogged about John Carney’s Irish romantic “musical” Once before, and with it’s impending stateside release, it’s worth blogging about again. The film is a sweet and soft love story, infused with a winning pop soundtrack that nearly makes the film a musical. Yet, it’s not quite a musical. That intangible quality of its heartfelt musical interludes, mirrors the lucid-dreamlike nature of the film’s romance (or, non-romance). Look, Once is not gonna save the world or radically change yours. But, like that unassuming and obscure band you always wished more people knew, this is that kind of “undiscovered gem” and safe bet you’re more or less guaranteed to enjoy. Anyway, enough from me about it, but definitely try to see it in theaters when it opens nationwide March 18. Here are a couple of recent items to help set the tone:
– In Sunday’s New York Times, David Browne profiles the film’s star and director, while looking at the unpredictable road this small, Irish indie-film explored on its way to a Fox Searchlight release.
– At indieWIRE, Reverse Shot’s Jeff Reichert gives the film an extremely positive review.
– Check out the Once trailer, via Apple.