When I started watching Once, little did I know that this would turn out to be such a satisfying cinematic experience. Director John Carney is able to labour all the grandeur of this movie to the simplicity of his lead characters.

The beauty in this movie is the rawness of it’s execution. The movie isn’t a conventional musical as much as it is a music themed drama. The movie entirely weighs on our two protagonists- Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who portray a visually comforting performance. All the music is pretty much originally curated and performed by these two, which brings that essence of believability to this saga. There are a lot many obvious turns that Carney could’ve taken. But he perceptively avoids the standard rom-com cliches and even doesn’t bother capitalising on the Irish countryside for his cinematography. Thereby narrowing the audience’s focus to our leads.

Carney has his narrative captivating enough that you hardly notice how the story is a rather obvious sequence of incidents. It’s not like elements of this movie have never been explored before, but this hits the nail just right. Everything in this movie that seems understated only just makes it unassumingly authentic. This is a definite watch to those movie lovers who have a taste for independent projects or are fed up of studio-intervened-heftily-billed blockbusters.

-Anuj Raghuram

Anuj is a musician and writer who moonlights as an engineer. Being a massive movie/TV show enthusiast, if only he could get could paid for watching anything and everything. This Hogwarts alumnus is one with the Force, and the Force is one with him.


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