I have read countless breathless reviews of this film. The usually reliable Onion wrote this: "Imagine Belle And Sebastian remaking In The Mood For Love as a heartbreaking low-fi musical, and you have a fair approximation of the film's melancholy, unexpected genius."
Um -- I don't think so.
This movie wasn't bad by any stretch. But it was not some amazing breakthrough in the world of musicals. It was a crappy looking movie shot on cheap DV that had a few catchy songs and an appealing hangdog cast.
Most people I know hate musicals because they seem so silly and the songs tend to break up any sort of drama that is being developed. This film gets around that by having it be about a musician who falls in love with a woman, asks her to record with him, and then they record. Problem solved. All of the songs make sense because the film is about musicians playing music, get it? Whatever.
Enjoy this movie, just don't get caught up in the hype.
Directed by John Carney