Movie Stats & Links
||R (but it
||I'd say 12+,
especially if they love music.
||It's a sweet love
||A couple of
||In the recording
||Too many little
ones to quote.
Cool Things About the DVD
||Or Spanish, it's
got the normal Audio choices.
|Buy a New TV!
||Will you just buy
a widescreen TV already.
|Buy a New
||The movie is about
music and it sounds better with a real stereo.
||You get a sinking
boat-load of commentary stuff, more analysis of Guy and
Girl, and the making of thing.
First let me say this: For the movie "Once," don’t let
the "R" rating scare you away. In fact, I say ignore the "R"
rating because it’s for language (they drop the F-Bomb a
couple of times) which most any teen or above
has worse language than the folks in this film. Anyway,
A Movie/DVD Review
After seeing "Once" in the theater I was looking forward
to the DVD release just to see if the movie would hold up on
my small screen, and I'll simply say this movie is great to
The story is simple. There’s this guy, listed in the
credits as "The Guy," played by Glen Hansard. He’s a street
musician playing guitar and is also a vacuum cleaner repairman.
In his life he prefers music. Then there’s this girl, listed
in the credits as "The Girl," played by Marketa Irglova. She
likes the guy’s music and needs her vacuum cleaner fixed.
Both of them are in strained relationships with the guy’s
girl in London while the girl’s guy is back in the Czech
Republic. She too loves music and plays piano (making it
difficult for her to be a street musician I guess), but as
she questions him about his music and relationship, they
find themselves at a music store where they collaborate on
one of the guy’s songs.
And so, for a week, a relationship blooms as the guy and
girl get to know each other, write music, and as the guy
announces he’s is going to London to see if he can get his
other girl back, they decide to get together a make-shift
band, rent some studio time, and record the guy’s songs with
the hopes and dreams they will be released for the masses to
And all of the while that the story is going on you get
treated to some fantastic music. You see, unlike your
typical musical where people are singing songs about what is
going on pretty much interrupting the flow of the story, the
music in "Once" is easily intertwined with the story because
the guy and girl, and with their band, are creating their
songs as musicians and a band, and it so works perfectly.
There is an innocence to the both of them, as well as some
naivety about recording music, but in a scene that was
perfect, there, in the recording studio was a band who knew
absolutely nothing about making a recording, with an
engineer/producer who at first pegs them for a bunch of
crappy musicians, but then you see the music played, the
engineer perks up realizing the music is really good, and
there is a tender moment between the guy and the girl that
makes you really hope the two of them hook up because they
seem so perfect for each other.
If you are a fan of music and get a little sappy with a
nice love story I really urge you to get the "Once"
DVD. Glen Hansard is utterly
fantastic as the guy, still pining for his girl in London,
yet wondering if there might be something between him and
this girl. And Marketa Irglova, I can’t say enough about
her either. She’s adorable as the immigrant, with her own
relationship issues and wondering about her feelings for the
guy. As they make the music together it is almost magical,
and yet, in a way, sad.
As far as the DVD extras go, you get the standard fare of
things like how it was made, a deeper look at the
characters, and extensive commentary dealing both with the
movie itself and the music (which I have to say as much as I
wanted to re-watch the movie with the commentary, I skipped
it). For me, though, I loved the Animated video for
"Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy." It was very
In case you can't guess, "Once" gets 5 stars out of 5.
it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!!